Every year on December we observe Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week.
Both Crohn’s and Colitis are main forms of inflammatory bowel diseases, and are characterized by chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are a few key differences between the two, though.
🔹 Crohn’s disease causes inflammation in the digestive tract, which leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, unexplainable weight loss, and malnutrition.
🔹 It can attack every part of gastrointenstinal tracks including small intestine and esophagus.
🔹 Ulcerative Colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon, and has symptoms like severe tiredness, anemia, bleeding from the rectum, sores on the skin, joint pain, and loss of appetite.
🔹 Both diseases are extremely uncomfortable, and, difficult to treat. Currently it is not possible to treat a patient completety but what we can do is keeping patients in remission which means- without symptoms.
🔹 According to new studies proper probiotic therapy can improve some symptoms and most importantly extend the remission period.