Ok I know that your expecting to read about bathroom painting but actually this post is on managing those bathroom trips people with Crohns make. We already know that Crohns is one of those unseen and embarrising diseases. Having to constantly visit the bathroom is one of lifes less enjoyed times. Here some ideas on how you can reduce your frequency and try and manage Crohns a little better.
Frequent bowel movements can be a sign of inflammation, other possible cause can be difficulty processing bile after certain types of bowel resection surgeries and having a gut infection, says Kim Isaacs, MD, PhD, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina Multidisciplinary Center for IBD Research and Treatment in Chapel Hill.
Try an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication. “This can help with diarrhea and tighten up the sphincter,” Isaacs says. However, it won’t treat an infection if that’s the cause of your symptoms. That’s why you need to see your doctor if you continue to have loose stools.
“Caffeine-containing products can increase bowel movements,” Isaacs says. And it’s not just in coffee: Caffeine can be found in many foods, from chocolate to soda.
Cutting out high-sugar foods may help decrease diarrhea and cramping, Isaacs says. That means sweets, cereal bars, and sugary sodas.
It’s important to replenish the fluids that are lost through diarrhea. Consider a rehydrating beverage, but avoid the double whammy of a sugary caffeinated drink, such as sweet tea.
People with Crohn’s disease should keep a food journal to learn which foods aggravate their symptoms or cause trouble during a flare — and then do their best to avoid them. But don’t feel like your diet has to be bland, Isaacs says. Experiment with the foods you can eat to find tasty dishes that appeal to you.
During a Crohn’s disease flare, you want to avoid excess fiber, which can trigger diarrhea. Other times, it may help. In fact, a study published in the May-June 2014 issue of the journal Gastroenterology Nursing found that having wheat bran (a high-fiber food) daily may improve digestive function for people with Crohn’s disease. Isaacs suggests psyllium supplements for soluble fiber, which binds stool better. Check with your doctor before increasing fiber in your diet, however, because some people with Crohn’s disease have narrow or inflamed areas that can become blocked more easily.
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation offers a card that lets people know you have a medical reason for jumping ahead in line for a public restroom. Crohn’s disease is an invisible condition — having this card can explain the situation for you. Also find out if you live in a state with a restroom-access law, which gives priority to people with conditions like Crohn’s disease.
When you’re away from home or the office, be sure to note where the restrooms are before you need them. Places like airports and sports arenas have location maps available online with this information so you can check before you go. You can also investigate toilet-finder apps for your smartphone.
Being prepared for unexpected bowel movements can help put your mind at ease. Always have wet wipes for cleansing in reach, as well as spare underwear, clothes, slip-on shoes, and a plastic bag for soiled items if needed.
Frequent bowel movements can result in irritation and even infection of the skin around the anus. Consider using a salve, such as petroleum jelly, to protect delicate skin.
A soak in the tub can soothe aggravated tissues. Consider adding an oatmeal bath product to calm your skin, but avoid bubble baths or scented products, which can increase irritation. Gently pat dry and moisturize the area after your soak.
Although physical activity is a good idea for everyone, being physically active can also aggravate frequent bowel movements. When possible, take opportunities to sit and rest.
If having frequent bowel movements is causing stress, talk it out. Lowering your stress levels may just help gain more control over your symptoms.
Todays tips are taken from http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/crohns-disease-treatment-management/managing-frequent-bowel-movements/
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