Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease that is lifelong and affects the digestive tract from the mouth, to the stomach, intestines, and anus. The body attacks the lining of the digestive tract and causes inflammation. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease may include:
- Ulcers of the mouth
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Skin rashes
- Joint pains
- Eye redness
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease may be mild at times, and also may be severe leading to hospitalization. Symptoms may also be intermittent, come and go, go into remission for a long period of time.
Diagnosis may be via imaging and referral to a specialist for a colonoscopy. Treatment involves prescription medications that help reduce inflammation. Surgery may be necessary in those with complications from Crohn’s disease, as in an abscess, a fistula, or abdominal bowel obstruction. Sometimes surgery may also be used as a treatment for those with symptoms despite medical treatment. Speak to a healthcare provider today to determine if any of your symptoms may be a sign of Crohn’s disease.