Gastrontestinal Disease

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Denita LaRock
HCA/240
January 21, 2013
Crohn’s Disease
Nakki Price

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the bowel tissues. The inflammation begins in the lining of the digestive tract, and may spread into the layers of the bowel tissue. This disease causes severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and malnutrition. Other symptoms are ulcers, fever, weight loss and reduced appetite. Abdominal pain, blood in stool, and unexplained diarrhea or fever lasting more than two days is when a doctor should be seen. Not every case of crohn’s disease is the same because infected areas of the digestive system vary by the people infected. There is no cure for crohn’s disease but treatment can help tremendously. Treatment can help possibly gain long-term remission, and reduce the symptoms, generally allowing patients to function normally. Prevention can begin with simple test provided by a doctor. For example, blood test, colonoscopy, fecal occult blood test, barium enema, small bowel imaging and etcetera. These tests can be helpful in both prevention and treatment. Controlling the disease consists of taking medications provided by a doctor. Some of the medications include Anti-inflammatory drugs or Immune system suppressors. Not one particular treatment practice is suitable for everyone. There are some lifestyle changes in the controlling process as well. Certain foods can provoke the symptoms, which can be troublesome while enduring a flare- up. Dieting is especially important. Eating low fat foods, drinking carbonated drinks or plenty of water and eating small meals can make a difference in controlling the symptoms of crohn’s disease. Some obstacles may occur while developing lifestyle changes. For instance, heavy alcohol and caffeine drinkers would need to eliminate that from their diet because they cause stimulation of the intestines and can cause complications in symptoms such as diarrhea. Smoking can also hinder remission because it...
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