Chrohn’s Disease vs Ulcerative Colitis

Chrohn’s Disease affects you anywhere in the gut, while Ulcerative Colitis affects the lining of your colon and rectum. Chrohn’s typically involves abdominal pain. Ulcerative Colitis is associated with rectal bleeding and stool frequency. Both cause issues in places such as skin, eyes, joints, and liver, yet it’s more common in Ulcerative Colitis. People can slide into chronic illness without being aware how ill they are. Some medications such as biologics may work for some time and then stop. When symptoms return, it’s time to go back to your doctor and be reassessed.  Many medications used for inflammatory bowel diseases suppress certain immune responses to infections such as TB and hepatitis. Make sure you are vaccinated  and monitored, so you don’t develop them. Some suggestions to help maintain good health is to stop smoking and have a high fiber diet, but this isn’t the case for everyone. Researchers are looking into working on the whole patient approach.

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