Crohn’s Disease in Israel
Crohn’s Disease main symptoms are fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, pain when passing stool, fever, weight loss, diarrhea, possibly eye inflammation, joint pain and swelling, swollen gums and skin ulcers.
We know that environmental factors can make the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease worse. The factors include:
Treating Crohn’s should be organized with an interdisciplinary team that should include a physician specialist, nurse, dietician, and perhaps even a psychologist. Sadly, many medications for Crohn’s disease are no longer available for non-citizens in Israel, due to a shortage.
EMA Care recommends all patients with Crohn’s disease see a dietician to understand what foods to avoid to prevent or control flare ups of the illness. With this condition, many people cannot absorb certain nutrients, and physicians often recommend high-calorie, high-protein diets and nutritional supplements.
Avoiding “trigger foods” including alcohol, raw vegetables and fruits, caffeinated beverages, chocolate, oily foods, and whole grains can alleviate symptoms and even prevent flare ups.
A bland, low fiber diet is easier to digest. Fatty fried foods, and unfortunately many kinds of fruits and vegetables should be avoided. So a nutritionist really needs to guide people with Crohn’s Disease so they can get adequate nutrients.
When managing Crohn’s Disease in Israel, stay away from falafel, shwarma, fried schnitzel, and chips (French fries). Sad to say, but during Chanukah, EMA Care recommends to NOT eat sufganiot. These Israeli doughnuts are deeply fried and can result in severe pain and discomfort in Crohn’s patients.
Crohn’s Disease can go into remission with proper treatment, but stress may cause the inflammation to re-appear. Traveling, coming to Israel for a gap year, moving to Israel, beginning a new job, getting married, starting school are all stressful situations. It’s important to eat properly especially when experiencing life’s transitions.
Common medications for Crohn’s Disease are anti-inflammatory drugs sometimes including steroids. When the first line of treatment does not help, biological may be prescribed. Many of these medications must be injection or infused. These are expensive, biological drug which targets the immune system to suppress the cause of the inflammation. Appropriate medical treatment for Crohn’s Disease can help to alleviate symptoms and putting the illness into remission.
EMA Care has developed a thorough, comprehensive treatment plan for tourists, students, and residents of Israel with Crohn’s Disease. Through EMA Care case management, patients with the illness can be seen by English speaking, gastroenterologist who specialize in IBD. There are several options available for foreign (student/ tourist) patients who need infusions. EMA Care can help arrange delivery of these expensive medications via US insurance companies.
Don’t let Crohn’s Disease or IBD prevent you from visiting Israel.
EMA Care is here to assure you of a problem free, pain free stay in Israel.
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