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Is It a Crohn’s Flare? How to Spot the Signs

Don’t ignore abdominal pain, diarrhea, or fatigue. These are all possible symptoms of a Crohn’s flare, and there are steps you can take to manage them.

If you have Crohn’s disease, you might be symptom-free for weeks or even months. Then, without warning, you can experience stomach pains or urgency. Those are just two possible symptoms of a flare — and you must take the right steps to manage them.

Other symptoms may include diarrhea, nausea, a loss of appetite, and fatigue, according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. These symptoms may come on suddenly or slowly, the Foundation says. You can have one or more of these symptoms early on or as your flare progresses.

What Causes Flares?

“Most of the time the cause of a Crohn’s flare is unknown,” Dr. Marion says. But the most common causes of flares may include:

  • Nonadherence: Not taking your medications as instructed
  • Medications: Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen
  • Diet: Eating too much of a food that the bowel can’t process or handle

Other possible causes of flares include:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Antibiotics, which can alter the amount and type of bacteria that normally live in your gut, triggering diarrhea or inflammation, the Foundation says.

There are other possible causes of flares: disease complications like fissure, fistula, stricture, or abscess. Fissures are often the result of straining during bowel movements or passing hard stools, Call your doctor if you notice drainage of mucus or stool from your anus or from an area near your anus (a sign of a fistula); nausea, vomiting, or constipation (possible signs of a stricture, or narrowing of a section of the intestine); or severe abdominal pain, painful bowel movements, discharge of pus, fever, or a lump at the edge of your rectum that’s swollen, red, or tender (signs of abscess). All of these complications may require immediate attention.

What to Do When You’re Experiencing a Flare

As soon as you suspect a flare is occurring, it’s important that you take steps to control it.

That’s because each flare can produce an injury to the bowel, Marion says. Frequent Crohn’s flares can trigger complications like intestinal obstruction, or systemic problems like anemia, bone loss, or clotting issues) you should have an idea and recognize when you haveing a flare-up

No diet can prevent or reduce discomfort from flares, but there are a few general principles that may help. If your Crohn’s symptoms are mild, a bland diet — bananas, white bread, white rice, applesauce, smooth peanut butter, potatoes without skin, and steamed fish — will be easier on your digestive tract, according to the Foundation. Avoiding caffeine, fresh fruits, and uncooked vegetables also may help; greasy and fried foods can also trigger a flare in some people with Crohn’s.

Reducing stress is another smart strategy, Farhadi says. Make sure you’re getting adequate sleep and doing calming activities like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, he says. The Foundation says that light aerobic exercise, journaling, biofeedback, and therapy can also help people with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s better manage some of their bowel symptoms.

Over-the-counter medications may also help relieve some symptoms of flares. For example, anti-diarrheal medications can reduce the frequency of diarrhea episodes, while acetaminophen is generally a safe medication that can ease the pain. Just be sure to ask your doctor before taking these or other medications to ensure that they are safe for you.

Finally, your doctor may need to adjust your medications during your flare, That’s why when you have Crohn’s, it’s important to have good communication with your gastroenterologist. “Your doctor can help you navigate and recognize the relapsing and remitting symptoms of your disease

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Botanical Syrup the solution to a stubborn cough

Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup has helped many to find relief for the first time from a stubborn cough

Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup is a cough remedy that I told you about last year. Many of you who tried it found it amazing and got relief for the first time from a stubborn cough. But, unfortunately, the suppliers ran out of stock and left many of you disappointed that you couldn’t try it for yourself. Nobody could have predicted the demand. The good news is that it’s back in stock and your local health store should be able to order it in for you.

Botanical Syrup was developed by Medicinal Herbalist David Foley. Botanical Syrup contains herbs which can help ease all stubborn and difficult to shift coughs, clear congestion, decrease mucus, and relieve the symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis. What’s great about the blend is that as well as the herbs to treat coughs it also contains Vitamin C, Liquorice and Ginseng which are included for their immune supporting properties and also their ability to relieve the effects of stress on the body.

It’s a fantastic combination of herbs which work well together including White Horehound which can decrease and thin the mucus in the bronchial tubes and lungs.

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