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Treatment

Crohn's disease is a long-term condition where the gut becomes inflamed.

The main symptoms of Crohn's disease are diarrhoea, stomach aches and cramps, and blood in your poo.

The main treatments for Crohn's disease are medicines that reduce inflammation in your gut and stop it coming back. Some people need to have surgery.

The exact cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. It's been linked to things like your genes and a problem with the immune system.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptoms of Crohn's disease are diarrhoea, stomach aches and cramps, and blood in your poo.

Symptoms of Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease affects people of all ages. The symptoms usually start in childhood or early adulthood.

The main symptoms are:

The symptoms may be constant or may come and go every few weeks or months. When they come back, it's called a flare-up.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main treatments for Crohn's disease are medicines that reduce inflammation in your gut and stop it coming back. Some people need to have surgery.

Medical treatments

There's no cure for Crohn's disease, but treatment can help reduce or control your symptoms.

The main treatments are:

  • medicines to reduce inflammation in the digestive system – usually steroid tablets
  • medicines to stop the inflammation coming back – either tablets or injections
  • surgery to remove a small part of the digestive system – sometimes this may be a better treatment option than medicines

You'll usually have a team of health professionals helping you, possibly including a GP, a specialist nurse and specialist doctors.

Read more on the NHS website.

The exact cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. It's been linked to things like your genes and a problem with the immune system.

Read more on the NHS website.