Crohn’s Disease Treatments in Tarzana
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It is most frequently found in the small intestine. The cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. One possible cause is the immune system mistaking food and bacteria for foreign substances and attacking them, causing a buildup in the intestines. The disease is also believed to be hereditary. Some 20% of people affected have a direct relative with Crohn's disease or another IBD. Crohn's disease is also found more often in people from 20 to 30, of Jewish and Eastern European heritage.
Most people with Crohn's disease experience abdominal pain and frequent diarrhea, up to 10 or 20 times a day. Other symptoms of the disease include bloody stools, reduced appetite and weight loss. More severe cases can also cause fever and fatigue, while some people experience no symptoms at all. Periods of remission can last for months or years.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Crohn's disease, see a doctor at Valley Colorectal Surgeons to properly diagnose and treat you. After a thorough medical examination, your doctor may perform a blood test, colonoscopy, barium enema or other X-ray or CT scan to confirm the diagnosis.
Once Crohn's disease has been diagnosed, it is important to begin treatment depending on the type and severity of symptoms. While Crohn's disease cannot be cured, it can be treated effectively to minimize the effects on your daily life. Crohn's treatment often includes anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system suppressors, antibiotics and over-the-counter medicine. Patients with more severe or unresponsive symptoms may need surgery. Changes in diet and regular exercise can also help reduce the symptoms of Crohn's disease.
While Crohn's disease is not fatal, it is a serious condition that can take a toll on your body and mind. It is important to treat your symptoms as effectively as you can and retain a positive attitude to keep the disease from affecting your daily life.
Get state-of-the-art care for Crohn’s disease at Valley Colorectal Surgeons. Call us at 818-387-8725 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our Crohn’s disease patients come to us from Los Angeles, Burbank, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Woodland Hills and Encino.