May 19th is World IBD Day to raise awareness of inflammatory bowel diseases including irritable bowel syndrome, Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
More than 5 million people worldwide live with these conditions. Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect the GI tract and those living with IBD may experience persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, an urgent need to move bowels, abdominal cramps and pain or constipation. Fever, loss of appetite and weight loss may also be present.
Crohn’s is a chronic disease where patients may experience times with no symptoms and others when the disease flares up, symptoms return, and they need to spend more time in the bathroom than they would like. In addition to abdominal cramps and bloating, irritation from wiping can be painful.
Getting relief from Chron’s and UC may include medication, a change in lifestyle or diet, and in some cases, surgery. For help for at home, at work, or on the go a few sprays of Fresh Assist® on regular toilet paper can provide soothing relief when wiping.
If you think you might be suffering from IBD, contact your medical provider for an evaluation and to develop a treatment plan.