7 Tips for Managing Crohn’s Flare-Ups

A sudden Crohn's flare can be devastating and often appear when you least need it. However, there are ways that you can manage flare-ups to reduce the severity and length of the flare and get you back to normal as soon as possible. We've put together a list of tips for managing Crohn's flares using data from healthgrades.com. 1. See Your Doctor As soon as you feel a flare coming on, make an appointment to see your doctor to ensure you have the right medications to deal with it. If you're suffering from recurring flares you may need to adjust the medications you're taking, so have an honest discussion with your doctor. 2. Seek Temporary Relief Medications for Crohn's disease don't work immediately, so you will need to find some interim help. Over-the-counter pain medications and ointments may help. Loperamide for diarrhea, Tylenol for pain, and soothing balms for anal soreness should help while you're waiting for your meds to kick in. However, some over-the-counter pain relievers may aggravate your condition, so confirm with your doctor beforehand what you can and can't take. MORE: Six tips for loving your body if you have inflammatory bowel disease 3. Eat Well When going through a Crohn's flare your body won't be absorbing all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals from food that it needs so it's important not to skimp on food or eat badly. Try to eat a balanced diet, incorporating all food groups. Many people find eating three large meals uncomfortable and painful, so try eating smaller meals throughout the day instead. 4. Avoid Food Triggers Each Crohn's patient is different and the foods their systems can tolerate will vary from person to person. There are some known flare triggers such as caffeine, dairy, raw vegetables, fried foods, and nuts and
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