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Many Crohns Patients experience debilitating symptoms that can interfere with their life. Patients who experience diarrhea may find that their bottom becomes raw and irritated, which in and of itself can cause a lot of discomfort. Medication used to treat Crohns often causes it's own side-effects, it is often hard to know if symptoms are caused by the illness or the medication.
Symptoms most commonly develop in the end of the small intestines and the colon, but symptoms can also present in the stomach, esophagus and anal area. In many cases, doctors treat Crohns Disease using immunosuppressant medications and/or steroids. Crohns can be classified as mild/moderate, moderate/severe, or severe. Patients who have mild cases, often can control their symptoms using medication and diet. However, patients with moderate/severe Crohns may need to go on biologic medication that alters their immune system such as Humira. These medication may or may not put these cases into remission. Although there is no known cure for Crohns, with the proper medication, many patients can experience periods of remission.