Thousands of people in the U.S. suffer from Crohn’s disease. What disease? Crohn’s disease. This isn’t a condition that’s discussed as often as many others and, therefore, it’s not widely understood. This presents a problem. How can a person support those diagnosed when they don’t know what its victims are up against?
No doubt, you agree that it’s much easier to be supportive when you’re informed. So...what do you need to know about this disease? First, you have to understand what it is. But there’s more. Consider 7 important facts.
Also known as Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis, Crohn's is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This is a chronic condition, which affects the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It results in abdominal pain, fever, weight loss and diarrhea, which may contain blood if the inflammation is severe enough.
What other facts are important to keep in mind?
Unlike other diseases, which can be identified rather quickly with a blood test or biopsy, Crohn’s is harder to detect. Often, it is diagnosed by process-of-elimination rather than being investigated early-on as the cause of unpleasant gastrointestinal problems.
It’s not unusual for a person to go in for series of tests and procedures before the diagnosis is given. Sadly, some even wait and wonder for years about the cause of their suffering.
While researchers haven’t been able to pin down the cause just yet, they do know what doesn’t cause Crohn’s disease. What’s that? Lifestyle choices, habits and things of that sort. A person can’t cause themselves to come down with this condition.
Research has shown that factors more along the lines of family history are what put a person at risk.
Most people with this disease do not suffer from symptoms 24/7 365. There are times when GI inflammation is at its peak and symptoms are at their worst. In remission periods, though, they feel relatively normal.
The thyroid is a small H-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. It’s situated between the cartilages of the larynx, also known as the voice box. While it’s not impressive in size, it is impressive when you consider the essential functions it fuels.
What are some of these functions? Even more important, what are some common problems that disrupt the way it works? Last but not least, how can you avoid those issues and keep this important gland in working order?
Did you know that more than 3 million people in the U.S. alone have glaucoma?
Did you know that by 2030, that number is expected to rise by nearly 60%?
Did you know that an individual with glaucoma can lose as much as 40% of their sight without even noticing?
Those facts alone answer the question, “Why is raising glaucoma awareness so important?” How can this eyesight thief be stopped if, on a grand scale, most don’t know that it poses a threat to them? Consider the following important facts to get you started on the road to increased awareness of this disease.
You know the signs. Your child keeps pulling at his or her ear in discomfort. There’s pus or fluid draining from the ear. You notice trouble hearing, sleeping and perhaps even balancing. The ear discomfort usually follows or happens at the same time as other symptoms like sore throat, cough, and runny nose. They’re unusually fussy and have even come down with a fever.
These are all possible symptoms of the dreaded ear infection, which keeps many parents up at night as they try to care for their uncomfortable little ones. Have you ever wondered what causes these infections or if they can be prevented? Furthermore, what’s the best way to care for a suffering child? Wonder no more.