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Can both genders get Crohn's disease?

Can both genders get Crohn's disease?

Briefly: Yes, there does not seem to be preference for either sex. ...Read more

Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis causes continuous inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum. Crohn's, on the other hand, is non-continuous inflammation that affects all layers of the digestive system in the large and small intestines. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's cause diarrhea, pain, ...Read more


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How likely am i to get the Crohn's disease?

How likely am i to get the Crohn's disease?

Depends on risk fact: With no family history of crohn's disease(cd), you have about 1% chance of getting it. That increases by each risk factor like smoking, family with cd, having other immunological diseases etc. If you have any signs or symptoms of cd like diarrhea, abdomenal pain, weight loss, etc. See a gasatroenterologist and be tested. ...Read more

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Do any Crohn's disease medications get your baby sick?

Do any Crohn's disease medications get your baby sick?

Possibly: I assume that you are pregnant to ask this question. All medicines have "side effects" that might affect the baby in the womb. You should check ths out with the doctor who is prescribing the medication. ...Read more

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Can I get a waiver in the military for Crohn's disease?

Can I get a waiver in the military for Crohn's disease?

Medical Standard: "Current or history of inflammatory bowel disease, including, but not limited to unspecified (558.9), regional enteritis or Crohn’s disease (555), ulcerative colitis (556), or ulcerative proctitis (556), is disqualifying." See: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/abdominal.htm Doubt this would be waivered. ...Read more

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Went to lunch with my family. Noticed things that were worrisome. What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease and who can get it?

Went to lunch with my family. Noticed things that were worrisome. What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease and who can get it?

Diarrhea: Symptoms are mutifocal. Primarily diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, weight loss. It runs in the family. If above mentioned symptoms are persistent for sometime than should be evaluated by physician. ...Read more

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What does smoking have to do w/gettin Crohn's disease? Or does it?

What does smoking have to do w/gettin Crohn's disease? Or does it?

Probably Nothing: Smoking is not really a cause of crohn's disease. However, it certainly does not help crohn's and can only harm your health in other ways more in the long run. I would recommend quitting smoking as soon as possible. Especially with a DX like crohns there are many methods to do so. Please see your doctor if you need help with quitting..It is one of the best ways to help prolong your life and health. ...Read more

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I'm suspecting that I have Crohn's disease after doing some research. Is this curable and how bad can it get?

I'm suspecting that I have Crohn's disease after doing some research. Is this curable and how bad can it get?

Not curable: Crohn's disease is not curable but can be well managed with the right medications. There are lots of manifestations of crohn's including weight loss, anemia, abdominal pain, vomiting, bowel obstruction, malabsorption, and diarrhea. Crohn's is tricky to diagnose. Please consult your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Is it okay to get pregnant while having Crohn's disease?

Is it okay to get pregnant while having Crohn's disease?

Depends: Your general health and the medications you are taking are important in predicting the safety of pregnancy. Some of the medications for crohn's disease are ok in pregnancy and other increase risk of defects. Some women get better during pregnancy and other do much worse. Talk with your GI doctor and your ob. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease affect someone who is trying to get pregnant?

Yes: Yes. Your disease and the medications used to treat it can affect your ability to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy. Be sure to consult both with your GI and OB doctors. ...Read more