Crohn’s disease is a chronic or long term condition that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. It could be painful, discomforting and sometimes it could be life threatening as well.
Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disorder of the GI tract which means, this disease is self-generated due to hypersensitivity of the body causing damage to its own cells. Here it disturbs the entire digestive tract from mouth to anus.
Apart from the GI tract it may disturb other organs such as eyes, skin, joints, bones, kidneys and liver.
Common characteristics include pain, discomfort and abdominal ulcers.
There is no age criteria for development of Crohn’s disease, it can develop at any age group.
In this article we are going to discuss what Crohn’s disease is? What are its causative factors? Its signs and symptoms as well as prevention and management about it in detail.
General symptoms associated with Crohn's Disease:
Symptoms often differs from one person to another, it depends upon the affected part of the gastrointestinal tract, so according to that the symptoms persist some. Amongst them are:
- Pain: the consistency and severity of the pain differs from one person to another. It majorly depends on the area of infection or associated inflammation which is most common in the lower region of the abdomen.
- Ulcers: ulcers of the gut is also the commonest symptom of Crohn’s disease because irritation of the gi tract can easily irritate the mucosal lining. It may also lead to intestinal bleeding which can cause blood with stools.
- Diarrhoea: the level of diarrhoea may change depending upon the severity from mild to severe. Sometimes a person feels the urge to defecate but no waste products get excreted out.
- Fatigue: people with Crohn’s disease due to intestinal ulcers and bleeding feels loss of energy and tiredness. Fever can also be associated with it.
- Anorexia: it is a condition associated with loss of appetite or altered appetite habits.
- Weight loss: due to change in appetite a person can experience a visible weight loss due to improper dietary habits.
- Anaemia: loss of blood due to ulcers and intestinal bleeding due to ulcers causes decrease in the flow of rbc in the blood causing Anaemia.
- Rectal fissure: the anal may get cracked due to sensitivity causing rectal fissure.
Symptoms associated with Crohn's disease in female:
Irregular menstruation: The menstruation cycle of women often gets disturbed due to the poor nutrition. And stress factor.
As the inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease hampers the hormone functioning leading to irregular periods.
- Iron deficiency: females associated with IBD are at high risk of iron deficiency due to intestinal bleeding and lack of iron absorption from the intestine.
- Infertility: Crohn’s disease is often associated with hormones. Imbalance. So, it may lead to infertility in some women specially gone under recent surgery. Women thinking of conceiving in the near future needed to consult a doctor before trying.
Risk factors of Crohn's disease:
During the sufferings from Crohn’s disease a person may develop various serious illness as well such as:
- Skin rash or inflammation
- Inflammation of liver
- Delayed Motor development and sexual development in children.
Pain during sexual intercourse:
Dyspareunia is a medical term used for pain during sexual intercourse, it reveals that pain is associated with digestive tract surrounding anus and vagina. It could also indicate a fistula which means a small tear or cut at the anal canal. Inflammation of the digestive tract infects various organs and causes a variety of symptoms, few common symptoms expressing both in males and females are:
- Abdominal pain
- Bleeding from the rectal region
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Management of Crohn
Disease by home remedies: Crohn’s disease can be prevented and managed at home by very basic home remedies for mild to moderate level if followed properly. Few remedies are as follow:
- Aloe vera juice: it creates a soothing effect in the gastrointestinal tract and causes remains of the intestinal mucosa.
- Chamomile tea: chamomile also soothes the git, metabolism of the body is also increased, food digests properly and stress factor reduces.
- Peppermint: It reduces the burning sensation caused due to the intestinal inflammation and ulcers.
- Probiotics: it is an intestinal bacteria as well as present in food so having probiotics in food increases the intestinal bacteria and results in good digestive power of an individual.
Few ingredients rich in probiotics are as follow:
- Whole grains
- Some other ingredients are also responsible for improving the digestive power.
- Fish oil: Fish oil is basically used to maintain the cholesterol in the body. It can also be suggested in Crohn’s disease as well. Since it consists of the anti-inflammatory power which can help in reduction of inflammation.
- Acupuncture: it is a technique where needles are used to activate the point centres. It can be used to activate pain to stop the pain sensation.
When to see a doctor??
Crohn's disease is quite an uncomfortable and painful condition which need not to be ignored for a long duration of time. For treatment visit our clinic or consult online at www.1veda.com for experts advice.
It is a chronic disorder causing inflammation of the GI tract from mouth to anus, mainly the terminal intestine and leading to a variety of symptoms.
Currently, there is no cure for Crohn's disease, the goal is just to maintain good gut health by general lifestyle by the help of dietary regimen and lifestyle management.