Although there’s no cure for Crohn’s disease, there are a variety of treatment options available to decrease the discomfort of the condition. Crohn's disease treatments include medication, lifestyle changes, and in some cases, surgery. Your doctor will talk with you about the most appropriate treatment for you.
Medications used to treat Crohn’s disease may include:
Depending on how severe your symptoms are and your response to treatment, your doctor may advise surgery to help with managing Crohn’s disease. Surgery may include removing part of the digestive tract and reconnecting the remaining portions, widening portions of the intestine that have become narrowed, and/or fixing fistulas and abscesses.
Making changes to your diet can help alleviate some of the adverse symptoms of Crohn’s disease. There isn't a universally recommended Crohn’s disease diet plan because trigger foods can vary from person to person. However, knowing the foods that trigger your symptoms can be very beneficial. Many people find keeping a food journal to be an effective way to track flare-ups. Ask your doctor for individualized diet tips to help improve your Crohn’s disease symptoms.
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