Flare Ups

by Anthony
(Canada)

Is the anything that I can take to help me deal with a flare up?

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by: Annette Young

Hi there,

Thanks for writing in with your question.

It is not so much what you can take to help with the flare-ups but more what you can do to avoid them. Unfortunately Crohn's disease has the power to completely disrupt your life and can suddenly flare-up for seemingly no reason. There are usually underlying causes as to why it does so however. Namely - the food or drink consumed. It is important with this disease that you find out what you can and can't eat or any potential triggers that can spike an aggressive bout of pain.

It's also knowing how the condition affects you on a personal level so that you can be intuitive and proactive with your approach to living as normal a life as possible. Dairy products are a problem for some but spicy foods, alcohol, smoking and fibrous foods can be difficult. The best thing to do is to start eliminating certain food types so that you can work out which foods or drinks are causing the problems. The idea is to have easy to digest foods which may seem a bit bland but will prevent some of the pains.

Stress can also cause flare-ups so if possible, eliminate as much stress as you possibly can as this can also help to reduce the flare-ups.

Here are some links that may be useful:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20559874,00.html

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/crohns-disease-power-foods

I hope this helps.

Annette

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