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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can antibiotics be used to help treat Crohn's disease?

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    Prof Andrew Day

    Paediatrician

    Paediatric Gastroenterologist View Profile

    Antibiotics can play a role in the management of Crohn disease. Specific times that antibiotics are considered are for the management of peri-anal symptoms and also for involvement of the mouth/lips. Sometimes antibiotics may also be helpful to settle down a flare of disease - in this case they may be having anti-inflamamtory rather than anti-bacterial effects. None of the antibiotics currently used for CD are cures for CD: nor are they useful as long time maintenance drugs. They are typically used just for short time periods to settle things down.

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