May Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Crohns and Colitis…. This is not an accounting firm or some obscure company.  Crohn and Colitis are disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Surprisingly, it can be a life long condition that children or adults can be diagnosed with.

This condition is also commonly referred to as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and around the world, more people are being diagnosed with this condition.  Australia has one of the highest rates of diagnosis in the world, with 80,000 Australians living with Crohns and Colitis.

One of the biggest challenges for people trying to manage these conditions is that the symptoms (inflammation of the colon, rectum or gastrointestinal tract) can be unpredictable.  This can take a heavy emotional toll on a person and can often make them feel isolated. 

As it is a chronic condition, greater care needs to be taken to minimise the potential for either relapses or complications that could end up being life threatening, especially with the increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Although there is no cure, managing the conditions with medication can assist in controlling the inflammatory responses of the symptoms.  Some medications may include aminosalicylates, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, biological agents or antibiotics.

It is very important to take medications exactly as they have been prescribed especially if you are showing no symptoms and feel well.  Stopping your medication can cause flare-ups or lead to other problems.

Smoking can worsen the symptoms of Crohn;’s disease.  If you are a smoker, do your best to stop. Ensuring your diet is well balanced and nutritious is vital to prevent malnutrition and remain in good health.

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