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*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor's discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how to save up to 80% with our prescription discount card. PlushCare doctors cannot treat all cases of Crohn's disease. Our primary care physicians can conduct an initial evaluation of your symptoms but may need to refer you to a specialist or for in-person treatment. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Learn about Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). As a chronic disease, Crohn's disease causes inflammation in the digestive or gastrointestinal tract. Crohn's disease can be painful and debilitating, and the disease may lead to serious complications.

Living with a chronic illness can feel overwhelming, but proper treatment can help you manage the symptoms of Crohn's disease.

Crohn's disease causes

  • Crohn's disease has no specific single cause, but is considered polygenic, in other words that it’s a combination of genetics, the gut-immune system and the gut biome.  

    • Autoimmune reaction: Crohn's disease may be caused by an autoimmune reaction, where your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body.

    • Genetic factors: Crohn's disease can run in families. If you have a parent or sibling with the disease, you have a higher risk of developing Crohn's disease.

    • Other factors: Research suggests that people who smoke, people who get less than 6 hours of sleep regularly, and people who take certain medications including oral contraceptives, NSAIDS and frequent oral antibiotics have a small increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease. 

Crohn's disease symptoms

The symptoms of Crohn's disease can range from minimal to severe, and most people with Crohn's disease develop symptoms gradually. Some people may also experience long periods with no symptoms.

  • When Crohn's disease is active, symptoms can include:

    Your symptoms may vary depending on the location and severity of your inflammation. Stress can worsen symptom flare-ups, and certain foods can trigger or worsen symptoms for some people.

    *Disclaimer: You should seek emergency attention immediately if you are experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms such as high fever, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, or unexplained weight loss.

How to treat Crohn's disease

Although treatment does not cure Crohn's disease, there are several treatment options to help reduce symptoms. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may recommend:

  • Medications, such as oral anti-inflammatory drugs, biologic therapies or rarely antibiotics

  • Dietary changes to avoid symptom flare-ups

  • Going without food or drink for several days to help your intestines heal (bowel rest)

  • Surgery to treat complications, such as intestinal perforations

Crohn's disease medication

There are medications to treat Crohn's disease inflammation and symptoms. They may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs

    Such as corticosteroids like oral budesonide or oral prednisone

  • Anti-TNF antibody therapies (medications with monoclonal antibodies)

    Humira (adalimumab)

    Remicade (infliximab)

    Cimzia (certolizumab pegol)

  • Immune system modulators



    The initiation and management of anti-TNF antibody therapies or immune system modulator therapies for Crohn's Disease are usually done by specialists such as Gastroenterologists. At this time, PlushCare does not have any gastroenterologists, but our primary care physicians are able to refer you to one if needed.

  • Antidiarrheal medication

  • Antibiotics

How to prevent Crohn's disease

Because doctors don't know the exact cause of Crohn's disease, it cannot be prevented. However, healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce risk of getting IBD, reduce symptoms, and manage flare-ups:

  • Eating a healthy diet and avoiding high-fiber foods during a flare-up

  • Keeping a food diary to track foods that cause flare-ups

  • Refraining from smoking

  • Regularly exercising

  • Getting 7 or more hours of sleep each night

  • Avoiding frequent antibiotic use

  • Finding healthy ways to manage stress

When to see a doctor for Crohn's disease

Talk to your doctor if you experience severe symptoms, such as:

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Bloody stool

  • Severe diarrhea or constipation

  • Extreme weight loss

  • High fever

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Inability to pass gas

  • Weakness or fatigue

Related Conditions with symptoms similar to Crohn's Disease

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine.

  • Abdominal pain

    Many people with Crohn's disease experience cramping and abdominal pain, especially around the lower right side of their abdomen. Talk to your doctor if you experience severe pain.

  • Ulcerative colitis

    Like Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. With UC, abnormal immune reactions can cause inflammation and ulcers on the inner lining of the large intestine.

Crohn's disease treatment FAQs

  • What are the early warning signs of Crohn's disease?

    Some of the earliest signs of Crohn's disease include appetite loss, abdominal pain, and nausea. These symptoms can come on gradually, and it's easy to ignore them. If you experience new gastrointestinal symptoms, it's important to talk to your doctor.

  • Is Crohn’s diesease curable?

    Unfortunately, there's no cure for Crohn's disease. However, treatment can help people with Crohn's disease manage symptoms, reduce flare-ups, and live a healthy life.

  • What complications can be caused by Crohn’s disease?

    Without treatment, Crohn's disease can lead to serious complications, such as:

    • Intestinal blockage

    • Anal fistulas or fissures

    • Malnutrition

    • Ulcers in the mouth, intestine, anus, or perineum

    • Abscesses

    • Inflammation in other areas of the body

  • What is the best treatment for Crohn's disease?

    There's no one-size-fits-all treatment for Crohn's disease, and the best treatment will depend on your specific symptoms. It is always important to have a local GI/Crohn’s disease specialist involved in your care. Your doctor may recommend prescription medications, bowel rest, or surgery to provide symptom relief.

  • What foods should you avoid if you have Crohn's disease?

    If you're having a flare-up, avoid eating trigger foods to avoid making symptoms worse. Some common trigger foods include:

    • Whole grains

    • Nuts and seeds

    • High-fiber fruits and vegetables

    • Alcohol and caffeine

    • Greasy, fatty foods

3 simple steps to request consultation for Crohn's disease today 

Step 1: Book an appointment

Step 1

Book a Crohn's disease consultation request appointment.

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Step 2: Visit with a doctor on your smartphone

Step 2

Talk to your board-certified primary care physician regarding your Crohn's disease symptoms.

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Step 3: pick up at local pharmacy

Step 3

Pick up a prescription to treat Crohn's disease, , if recommended by your doctor. Referral to a local specialist or labs, if appropriate, may also be advised

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

Crohn's disease consultation pricing details

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  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • Cigna

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First month free



30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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