Do you know what inflammatory bowel diseases are? It’s really an umbrella term for diseases of that cause inflammation in the mouth, esophagus, small and large intestines, and bowels. Two of the more common ones are Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.
Understanding the Differences Between Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn’s disease is a more troubling type of inflammatory bowel disease. It can cause inflammation in the entire digestive system going from the mouth to the rectum and anus. While it can lead to inflammation in any of this area, it’s most commonly seen in the small intestines. The inflammation in this case spreads through numerous layers of tissue and may only appear in small patches.
With ulcerative colitis, the inflammation only occurs in the large intestine and rectum. The damage is continuous and works its way up from the rectum to the large intestine. The inflammation is on the first layers of the lining.
Despite the differences in location and how much the inflammation spreads, the symptoms tend to be very similar. Abdominal pain, diarrhea, and blood in the stools are the most common symptoms. Weight loss and fatigue can also occur.
People with IBD have a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer. If your parent has IBD, it’s important that they go for a colonoscopy at the age of 50 and at least every 10 years after that. IBD may cause scars that block bile ducts. If this happens, it’s important to see a doctor regularly to make sure there’s no damage to the liver.
The other thing to be careful about is the increased risk of blood clots. There is a higher risk of the formation of blood clots in people with IBD.
Who Gets IBD?
There’s no true way to determine if your parents will develop IBD. Some of the factors that may increase the risk are a history of smoking, a family history, or overuse of NSAID medications.
Typically, IBD appears by the age of 30. It may not show up until someone is in their 50’s or 60’s, however. Don’t rule it out just because of your parent’s age.
How Can Caregivers Help?
Your parents may feel they’re fine and don’t need help when IBD is present. Elder care providers are very helpful at making sure the recommended diet is followed. Elder care providers can also remind your parent when it’s time to take medications. If surgery is needed, you can have your parent’s elder care provider be there to help with transportation and appointment scheduling. Call today to arrange elder care services.
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