inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are diseases in which parts of the digestive tract become spontaneously inflamed and ulcerated. These diseases are: Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and indeterminate colitis. These are recurring relapsing conditions that can usually be controlled with medication. People with IBD continue to lead normal, active and productive lives.
Symptoms are varied, comprising:
The exact cause of IBD is unknown. It is thought that the immune system in genetically predisposed people react in an inappropriate way to environmental factors and causing the individual to develop IBD.
Patients with IBD get recurrent flares of their condition. Common medicines used during flares include:
IBD is a treatable illness that can be kept in remission.