How can doctors help prevent Crohn's disease?

Quit smoking. Smokers are at higher risk for crohn's disease. Otherwise, there are no known ways to prevent the disease. In patients who have had crohn's, certain medications can be given to reduce the chances of recurrence.

Related Questions

What does "terminal ileitis to rule out Crohn's disease" mean to you doctors?

Radiology. I have seen that on a ct scan report. It simply means that the terminal ileum (last part of the small intestine and area commonly affected by crohns disease) is inflamed and from the ct scan alone, one cannot rule out crohn's disease. Thus, further testing can be considered to see if this truly is crohns or something else. Read more...

I have Crohn's disease. I been while not taking any medications or visiting my doctor but I feel quite well. Is that ok?

Crohn's. Sure. Keep stress under control & visit your doctor for routine checkups or more often if symptoms develop. Read more...
No. I feel that everyone with documented crohn's disease(cd) should be on therapy with only a few exceptions. If your cd is at the end f the small bowel, you will likely develop a stricture without treatment. If it is in the colon only, the disease will not leave you alone. It is much easier to prevent complications by adequate treatment than to try and initiate treatment when complications occur. Read more...

Can Crohn's disease go undiagnosed even after a colonoscopy? Even though all other symptoms suggest Crohn's disease but the doctors won't listen.

Seek alternative. diagnosis. Symptoms of Crohn's disease can occur in the context of other GI or systemic disorders. Highly unlikely to be Crohn's disease if scope negative. Finding the true diagnosis will lead to an effective management plan. Read more...

Hello doctor, I am looking for any advice on Crohn's disease & pentasa (mesalamine)?

Does not work. Pentasa (mesalamine) & other Mesalamine (5-asa) medications are anti-inflammatory medications that only work on the thin lining of the colon (large intestine). They can work for mild ulcerative colitis. They do not work for crohn's disease which affects the deeper layers of the gut and affects other parts of the gut other than the colon. The only meds that are effective for crohn's are immunosuppressive. Read more...

My stomach gets upset when I take my meds.? I also have Crohn's disease if it helps. What can I do to prevent this?

Fix the Crohn's... If you have active crohn's disease, your GI tract is already inflammed so eating anything, including the pills prescribed to help you, may give you GI upset until the crohn's flare subsides. Depending upon the treatment course, some drugs can take a very long time (weeks to months) to achieve healing. Talk to GI doctor about your symptoms, dis-satisfaction with your present meds, & rx options. Read more...