Crohn's Disease Treatment Online

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that is caused by inflammation or irritation in the digestive tract.

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Crohn's Disease Online

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) named after Dr. Burrill Bernard Crohn, who made major advancements in the identification of the condition. Crohn’s disease is often caused by inflammation or irritation in the ileum, which is a part of the small intestine. However, the inflammation can develop in any part of the digestive tract – anywhere from the mouth to the anus.

It’s unclear what specifically causes Crohn’s disease, but there are some factors that may play a role in the development of this condition:

  • Bacteria in the digestive tract may trigger an immune system response leading to inflammation
  • Genetics may factor into Crohn’s disease. Someone may be more likely to develop the condition if a parent or sibling has Crohn’s disease
  • Smoking
  • Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • High-fat diet

Inflammation or irritation that is caused by Crohn’s disease can spread throughout the bowel tissue and eventually lead to other complications including bowel obstruction, ulcers, fistulas, anal fissures, malnutrition, and colon cancer.

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to Crohn’s disease. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for Crohn’s disease is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of Crohn’s disease may include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Oral 5-aminosalicylates
  • Immunosuppresants, like Azathioprine and mercaptopurine
  • TNF inhibitors or biologic
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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • What is the life expectancy for those with Crohn's?

    The life expectancy of Crohn’s disease is not reduced by the condition as long as that person keeps their symptoms in check. Even when symptoms aren’t manifesting, someone with Crohn’s is at risk of colorectal cancer, deep vein thrombosis, or other complications. As long as someone with Crohn’s maintains regular check-ups, they should expect the same lifespan as someone without the condition.

  • Are Crohn's disease symptoms different in males and females?

    Women and men are just as likely to get the condition, but it affects a woman’s life in different ways, specifically when it comes to periods, pregnancy and menopause. For example, a woman may experience symptom flare-ups in the weeks leading up to her periods. They should also aim to plan pregnancy around times where they are in remission.


  • Is there a special diet for people with Crohn's disease?

    There is no proven diet to help people with Crohn’s disease, but there are certain foods that may be triggers for the condition. Some foods to avoid include:

    • Alcohol
    • Butter
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Chocolate
    • Fatty foods
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Raw fruits
    • Raw vegetables
    • Spicy foods

    Additionally, it’s recommended that people with Crohn’s disease stick to a high-calorie, high-protein diet.

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