What causes Crohn’s Disease?
The cause of Crohn’s Disease remains unknown. Several suggested factors have been implicated. These include:
- Genetic or hereditary factors.
- Factors related to the immune system, where the body falsely attacks the digestive system while trying to clear an infection caused by a virus or bacteria.
When should a Crohn’s Disease patient seek medical attention?
If you have Crohn’s Disease and develop any of the following symptoms you should seek medical attention at the earliest:
- Persistent abdominal aches and cramps.
- Blood in the stools.
- Continuous diarrhea for a week not responding to usual over-the-counter medications.
- Unexplained weight loss or a child who is not growing as would be expected.
- Unexplained fever lasting for more than 2 days.
Diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease:
Crohn’s Disease is often difficult to diagnose as it has symptoms similar to several other diseases. There is no single test to diagnose Crohn’s Disease.
Tools used for the diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease include:
- Detailed history taking and a thorough physical examination.
- Blood tests for anemia or infections.
- Looking for hidden (occult) blood in a stool sample.
- Colonoscopy with or without a biopsy. During a colonoscopy a thin, flexible tube with a camera at its end is introduced through the anus to look at your bowels for evidence of Crohn’s Disease.
- MRI or CT scan of the abdomen after drinking a special drink to properly visualize the bowel.
Complications of Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s Disease may lead to the following complications:
- Obstruction of the digestive tract due to scarring and narrowing of the bowel. This may require surgery.
- Ulcers in the mouth, near the anus or around the genitals.
- Anal fissure: which is a small tear in the tissue lining the anus or the skin surrounding it. This is usually very painful.
- Malnutrition due to diarrhea and abdominal pain which make it difficult to eat properly and adequately.
- Cancer of the colon: those with Crohn’s Disease carry a greater risk compared to those without.
- Fistulas: these occur when ulcers extended all the way through the wall of the intestines. They may open in the skin (commonly around the anus) or may open into other organs which is life-threatening once infected and if left untreated.
- Anemia, osteoporosis, arthritis, liver and gall bladder Disease.
Treatment of Crohn’s Disease:
There is no definite cure for Crohn’s Disease. However, treatment can help reduce and control symptoms to a great extent. Treatment usually targets the following:
- Reducing inflammation of the digestive system: by medications such as steroid tablets. These usually start to work in a few days or weeks.
- Preventing reoccurrence of inflammation: by medications in tablet or injection forms.
- Reducing activity of the immune system by medications called immunosuppressants. These are used with steroids to reduce symptoms and are also effective during remissions to stop symptoms from coming back. They are usually taken for months or years in tablet or injection forms.
- Liquid diets, whether orally or by intravenous hydration such as that provided at Vida-Flo, reduce symptoms.
- Surgery may be required to remove affected parts of the digestive system (resection). This option may be better than medications in some patients. Surgery will prevent symptoms from coming back for a while, however, symptoms will eventually come back.
Intravenous hydration and liquid diets for Crohn’s Disease:
Liquid diets, also called enteral nutrition, can significantly reduce symptoms for patients with Crohn’s Disease. This may involve using special drinks for a few weeks that contain all the nutrients a person requires instead of consuming a regular diet. Such drinks have few side effects, such as nausea from consuming large volumes of fluids, diarrhea or constipation. IV hydration is another treatment option for patients with Crohn’s Disease. IV hydration administered at Vida-Flo not only provides the necessary hydration a person with Crohn’s Disease needs, but also provides nutrients, vitamins, and minerals required during those periods when the patient can’t handle a regular diet.
IV hydration at Vida-Flo provides large volumes of fluids intravenously which ensures 100% absorption. Additionally, specially formulated formulas at Vida-Flo for Crohn’s Disease may contain Toradol, a safe and effective medication to treat abdominal aches and pain associated with the Disease.
Complications of treatment:
Certain medications for Crohn’s Disease may cause complications on the long run:
- Steroids can cause weight gain, indigestion, insomnia, osteoporosis, cataract, diabetes, and hypertension.
- Medications that act on the immune system may increase susceptibility to infections and carry a small risk of causing lymphoma or skin cancer.
Support for Crohn’s Disease patients:
Living with Crohn’s Disease can be difficult at times. Symptom flare-ups are unpredictable and may interfere with daily activities such as school, work or social life. It is advisable to self-educate and to educate your friends and family members about the Disease to get the support you need.
Nationwide local support groups are available to help. Sharing experiences with other people suffering from Crohn’s Disease and getting more information about it is very helpful and recommended for both the physical and emotional toll of Crohn’s Disease.
Gout is a common type of arthritis (inflammation of the joints). It is caused when the body excessively produces uric acid or when it can’t adequately remove it from the circulation leading to a condition called hyperuricemia or increased uric acid levels in the circulation.
An increased amount of circulating uric acid causes gout as it starts to deposit in the form of urate crystals inside joints, especially small joints, all over the body causing them to inflame and cause a gout flare (or gout attack).
Symptoms of a gout flare include pain, redness, hotness, and swelling of a joint (commonly the base of the big toe) that might limit the joint’s range of movement.
Gout attacks usually develop suddenly and may awaken a person in the middle of the night as they are known to frequently occur during nighttime.
- Food: Uric acid is produced as a result of consuming large amounts of meat and seafood.
- Drinks: Drinking large amounts of beer or fructose-sweetened beverages causes gout.
- Health conditions: The risk of developing gout is increased in obese individuals, those with high blood pressure and those suffering from chronic heart or kidney diseases.
- Medications: Some common medications for high blood pressure and low-dose aspirin may precipitate gout.
Prevention of gout
- Hydration: Drinking plenty of fluids or receiving intravenous (IV) hydration such as that offered by Vida-Flo for those who do not or cannot drink adequate amounts of water during the day is vital to avoid developing gout in the first place.
Additionally, IV hydration (Vida-Flo) and drinking plenty of fluids are important for those suffering from gout during the symptom-free periods and in between gout attacks to help prevent a recurrence.
This works by diluting the effect of circulating uric acid and increasing its natural excretion from the body in urine.
IV hydration and drinking plenty of fluids thus reduce the chances of urate crystal formation and deposition in joints thus preventing gout.
- Limit intake of meat, poultry, and fish.
- Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol (especially beers) and fructose-sweetened beverages.
Treatment of gout
Treatment of gout usually involves medications. There are several treatment options available to help improve or relieve gout symptoms during an attack. Other treatments are available to prevent recurrent attacks, these work by either decreasing production of uric acid or increasing its removal from the circulation.
Additionally, IV hydration is used in the treatment of certain gout complications that may affect the kidneys by promoting adequate urine output and preventing further precipitation of uric acid.
Receiving plenty of fluids remains a cornerstone – medication-free – option in the prevention of gout attacks. This can be safely and rapidly achieved by IV hydration with Vida-Flo.
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For those of us who suffer from allergies, as if we weren’t suffering enough we could also be dehydrated without even knowing.
Spring is here! The flowers are blooming, the birds and bees are starting to get busy pollinating. The change in seasons starts to stir the dormant irritants like pollen and dander. With the change in seasons, pollen and dander are at their peak. With those irritants in the air, our bodies react with sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes.
One of body’s first defenses against dander and pollen is the expel liquid. Starting with a sneeze, which can muster up to 95 mph of strength and expel up to 2 ounces of water in an attempt to clear our air passages. That’s why it’s also important to cover your mouth with each sneeze, as to not spray unwanted liquid matter on surfaces or people. Runny noses are also liquid and hydration leaking from the body. The body tries to combat the dry air and irritants with lubrication in the nose. Blowing your nose can lead up to 6 ounces of fluid expelled. Lastly, when those itchy eyes start to puff up, fluid builds up underneath and behind the eyes. In some of the worst cases, eyes can get so puffy and filled with fluid that they are sealed. All of our allergic reactions expel water and dehydrate the body! That’s hydration that our immune system needs to operate properly and heal from those harmful irritants.
Here’s some helpful hints to bring the hydration back in to the body.
1. Drink more water.
Refreshing and cleansing the palette can prevent and dampen the irritants like pollen and dander, before they get those pesky reactions in the body. Even if you feel the symptoms of allergies, drinking more water can help to flush pollen and dander out the system more quickly and efficiently.
2. Vida-Flo hydration therapy.
Drinking water can only go so far. Replenish the fluids from the inside out. Getting the hydration you need back into your body and you’ll actually start to soothe the nervous system. The body and immune system work at their maximum efficiency when properly hydrated. Getting the hydration from the inside is your secret weapon against allergies this season. You’ll notice your body’s energy levels start to swell, because a hydrated body is a healthy body and a healthy body is a happy body.
Start enjoying less allergies and more of the beauty of spring weather!