Crohn's disease is one of those diseases that you might have heard of, but know little about. Here are some things that you need to know
Crohn's disease is most probably something you haven't heard about, or if you did, you've only heard about it in passing.
What is Crohn's disease?
According to David Hudesman, Crohn's disease is "an abnormal immune response to your own gut bacteria. And your body keeps attacking itself."
Crohn's disease mostly affects the ileum, or the end of the small bowel, and the colon, but it also affects all parts of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.
The most common symptoms of Crohn's disease are joint pain, rashes, mouth sores, and eye pain. If left untreated, it can cause ulcers, infections, eyes, joint, or skin inflammations, and can even lead to more digestive problems.
Currently, research still hasn't shown why some people get Crohn's disease. They do know that some people are genetically more inclined to have Crohn's, and that certain types of stomach bacteria play a key role.
Go to the next page to learn how life is like for people with Crohn's disease.