Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. It affects nearly 700,000 men and women in the United States each year and is more common in adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 35.
If left untreated, prolonged inflammation in the digestive tract can lead to serious complications like bleeding, perforations (holes) in the intestinal wall, abscesses (pockets of infection) and fistulas (abnormal connections) between the digestive tract and other parts of the body.
Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease
While symptoms vary, here are some common symptoms of inflammation in the GI tract caused by Crohn’s disease:
- Persistent diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Urgent need to move bowels
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Feeling of incomplete bowel movement
- Constipation, which may lead to obstruction
Treatment options for Crohn’s disease
There are a number of treatment options that can help keep Crohn’s disease under control so you can live a symptom-free life. While there is no standard treatment that will help everyone, treatments may include medications, dietary changes and surgery to remove or repair affected areas of the digestive tract.
Remicade infusion therapy is a biologic treatment for Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory diseases. Remicade is administered via intravenous injection and can improve your quality of life, help you avoid complications and prevent surgery. After initial treatments, which are more frequent, this therapy is then given every 8 weeks. For those struggling with Crohn’s disease, Remicade can help decrease symptoms and achieve remission in patients who have not had success with other medical therapies.
Biologics work by targeting and suppressing the inflammation response that can trigger Crohn’s flares. While these medications may make the body more susceptible to common infections like pneumonia, they are a very effective treatment for Crohn’s disease.
If you’d like to learn more about biologic treatment for Crohn’s disease, call Astera Infusion Therapy at 732-390-7750. We are dedicated to personalized, compassionate treatment and service so you can live your best life.