Crohn's disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of your digestive tract. This can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Crohn’s Disease varies from person to person and can involve different areas of the digestive tract.

Crohn’s disease can be both a painful and debilitating disease. Unfortunately, there is no known cure, however, treatment is available which can enable those with Crohn’s to live a relatively normal life.


Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s Disease can range from mild to severe and symptoms can develop both gradually and suddenly which can make it quite difficult to manage. Symptoms of the disease include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in your stool
  • Mouth sores
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss

When should you see your doctor?

You should see your doctor if any of these symptoms are persistent, or if you have:

  • Blood in your poo
  • Diarrhoea for more than 7 days
  • Frequent stomach aches
  • Weight loss for no apparent reason

Your GP will then be able to carry out any tests and may refer you to a specialist.


The exact cause of Crohn’s disease remains unknown. Diet and stress were previously suspected, however it is now believed that these aggravate but don’t cause Crohn’s Disease. A number of aspects may play a role in the development of the disease, such as a malfunctioning immune system and family history.


Crohn’s disease is mainly diagnosed through stool samples and colonoscopies. However, due to the fact that it can be quite a difficult disease to diagnose, multiple tests are often carried out.


There is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, however, treatment can help to reduce and control symptoms. The main treatments are:

  • Medicines to reduce inflammation – usually with steroid tablets
  • Medicines to prevent the inflammation returning – usually tablets or injections
  • Surgery to remove the damaged parts of the digestive system (stoma surgery)

You can find out more information about Crohn’s Disease here.


Related Blog Posts

World IBD Day | Raising awareness for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

17th May 2019

World IBD Day has come around again! Every year on the 19th May the world unites to raise awareness and fight against inflammatory bowel disease, including both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Throughout the UK, 300,000 people are living with irritable bowel disease (IBD) and with currently no known cure or cause, it’s so important […]

Read more

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2018

29th November 2018

December 1st marks the start of an awareness week that’s close to all of our hearts here at Oakmed. Chron’s and Colitis Awareness Week is particularly important for spreading the word about invisible illnesses. People often don’t understand what they can’t see, and a week that helps to highlight this and change perceptions is important […]

Read more

Talk about your stoma: Time to Talk Day 2019

6th February 2019

Taking place on 7th February, Time to Talk Day is all about raising the awareness of mental health. The aim of the day is to try and make sure that there is no more stigma associated with it. Figures have proven that at least one in four of us are affected by mental health issues, […]

Read more

GoldCare Delivery Service

Your Free, Brand Neutral, Stoma Care Home Delivery Service

Our discreet stoma care home delivery brings your prescription stoma, continence, wound care or rectal irrigation products straight to your door

Find out More

If you would like to be kept up-to-date with our latest product information and news, please enter your email address below.
Our newsletter provides relevant and useful information for the Ostomy community.
If you no longer wish to receive these updates, you may unsubscribe at any time.

I'm a...

To see how we use your information, please take a look at our Privacy Policy.