Crohn's disease is an incurable medical condition that targets the digestive system, causing frequent diarrhea, stomach pains, and the inability to maintain weight. Classified as an inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease can cause mild to severe symptoms depending on how far the disease has progressed in the colon or intestines. Sufferers may experience bloody stools, exhaustion, mouth ulcers, frequent fevers, a lack of desire to eat, and cramps with an increased chance of perianal disease. Crohn's disease can also target the bile ducts, eyes, liver, joints, and the skin, causing irritation in these areas.

Crohn's disease is an incurable medical condition that targets the digestive system, causing frequent diarrhea, stomach pains, and the inability to maintain weight…

Classified as an inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease can cause mild to severe symptoms depending on how far the disease has progressed in the colon or intestines. Sufferers may experience bloody stools, exhaustion, mouth ulcers, frequent fevers, a lack of desire to eat, and cramps with an increased chance of perianal disease. Crohn's disease can also target the bile ducts, eyes, liver, joints, and the skin, causing irritation in these areas.

Doctors have yet to discover exactly why Crohn's disease exists or what triggers its outbreaks. Having a family history of the disease makes a person more susceptible to the disease, with immune system issues also a trigger. Multiple risk factors that could increase chances of getting Crohn's disease including smoking, age (if you are more than 30 and haven't gotten Crohn's, you probably won't), and living in an industrialized or urban space. An Eastern European Jewish or Caucasian heritage is also a risk factor. The medications Solaraze, Motrin IB, Anaprox, Voltaren, Aleve, and Advil, are also known to agitate Crohn's symptoms.

Untreated Crohn's disease can lead to the development of malnutrition, which can be deadly if neglected. Anal fissures may also develop, which can be painful and debilitating. Colon cancer also becomes a risk, which can possibly be fatal. If you believe that you may have Crohn's, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. You may also want to take this quiz. By answering these simple questions, you can get a good idea about whether you may have Crohn's disease. With the right treatments, you can enjoy a normal life even with Crohn's disease.