Crohn’s disease: Early signs in the eyes, skin and joints – 'symptoms may come and go'


People with Crohn’s disease sometimes go for long periods without symptoms or with very mild symptoms, but may also have flare-ups. There are a number of symptoms to be aware of, including some which might have a noticeable impact on your appearance. While there’s no known cure for Crohn’s disease, therapies can greatly reduce its signs and symptoms.

North Shore Gastroenterology health site says it can be difficult to pinpoint the condition if you do not look out for the signs.

It suggests that some of the earliest signs include pain and redness in eyes, as well as red bumps on the skin.

Other early signs include appetite loss, abdominal pain, fever, exhaustion, joint pain and nausea.

The site suggests: “These symptoms may seem unrelated or harmless on their own, and it is easy to ignore them.”

It adds: “However, if you experience more than a few of them, it could be a sign of Crohn’s disease.”

Once the condition worsens, the health site says that symptoms can include bloody stools, black, paste-like stools, and diarrhoea that doesn’t respond to medication.

It notes: “People with Crohn’s disease find their symptoms exacerbate after eating certain foods or periods of high stress.

“However, they may also experience periods of remission where their symptoms go away completely for several weeks, months, or even years at a time.”


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