Not always simple diarrhea with abdominal pain turns out to be something as simple as a temporary discomfort, but it can be the symptom of something more complicated. Such is the case of Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation in any section of the digestive system, such as the intestines, colon, stomach, duodenum, and even the mouth and anus, and one of the ways to detect it is in the presence severe diarrhea. At FastlyHeal, we explain everything about the symptoms and treatment of Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease symptoms
It is estimated that currently, 15 out of 100,000 Spaniards have Crohn’s disease in any of its forms, classified according to where it develops in your body and by how its symptoms manifest. What happens is that the internal part of the intestine becomes inflamed as a reaction to an intense and unusual activity of your defenses in that sector, which in turn causes injuries or ulcers, excessive secretion of mucosa in the walls of the intestines and because the inflammation causes the ability to absorb water is lost, diarrhea then occurs with the presence of blood from the lesions and mucus.
Other things that can happen to you if you have Crohn’s disease is, of course, a reduction in appetite and weight, plus the loss of blood caused by ulcers can lead to anemia and, as a result, continued tiredness. In some patients, it is known that there have been cases of redness and itching of the eyes, inflammation of the joints, sores in the mouth, and skin sensitivity.
Causes of Crohn’s disease
The bad news is that specialists do not know what causes Crohn’s disease. Hereditary transmission is suspected, a gene causing sensitivity to certain unidentified environmental elements. It is like allergies in spring; many people suffer from them because they are sensitive to the pollen of some plants in Crohn’s disease, although it is not yet known what is in the environment (if there is one) that triggers the condition. This “allergy” causes our immune system to continually attack the gastrointestinal tract, leading to irritation and inflammation.
Treatment for Crohn’s disease
There is also no cure for Crohn’s disease, which strikes both men and women from as young ages as 13-15 to 30 years of age. The symptoms often have times when they stop, and others worsen, so patients should be under constant surveillance.
First, the treatment of Crohn’s disease is to avoid malnutrition due to loss of appetite and dehydration from diarrhea. Vitamin supplements are recommended, meals in small quantities several times a day, avoiding too much fiber, fats, and sauces, and foods that usually cause stomach gas, such as legumes.
As for medications, doctors often prescribe antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and suppressants of the immune system. If the symptoms become severe, there may be a need to be admitted to the hospital to have an intravenous hydrating solution placed or to perform surgery in the event of fistulas, which are connections between organs or parts of the body that are not supposed to they should exist.
This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.
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I am a Surgeon with a diploma in comprehensive ultrasound and surgical care residency, an area I am specializing in. During the exercise of my profession, I have realized the need for patients to know the diseases they suffer, and I can tell you that a large part of their complications is due to a lack of information. Being a health web writer allows me to transmit my experience, without borders, to all those readers eager for knowledge, educate them in the prevention of diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle.