Lifestyle Tips: Living Better When You Have Crohn’s

Here are some things you can do to take the very best care of yourself.

 

  • Appetite a little low? Try eating small, frequent meals, instead of a few big ones.
  • When you enjoy a great restaurant meal without irritation or side effects, jot down which items you ordered.
  • Manage symptoms of Crohn’s disease: enjoy a balanced diet and proper portion control.
  • Smoking can make Crohn’s disease symptoms worse. Now is a good time to quit!
  • Feeling fatigued? Enjoy regular exercise, a healthy diet, and enough sleep. And talk to your doctor.
  • Taking antibiotics for Crohn’s disease symptoms? Avoid alcohol, which can worsen some side effects.

 

Treatments for Crohn’s Disease

  •  Crohn’s disease treatment choices depend on the location and severity of your disease.
  • When Crohn’s disease goes into remission, it’s usually due to treatment with medication or surgery.
  • Treatment for Crohn’s disease includes anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and/or surgery.
  • Know what’s in your medicine cabinet: Aspirin can worsen the inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease.
  • Some antibiotics can reduce Crohn’s inflammation, though no one yet knows how.
  • Corticosteroids, a treatment for Crohn’s, can raise your osteoporosis risks. Talk to your doctor.
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