Eva Szigethy, Ph.D., M.D., M.S., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She specializes in the psychological impact of chronic digestive diseases.

Socializing with Crohn’s disease

The possibility of a Crohn’s disease flare may keep some people from enjoying an active social life, but planning social situations ahead of time can help you feel more comfortable going out.

  • Knowing what to expect wherever you go (e.g., whether you have access to a bathroom if you need one, or whether taking a change of clothes makes sense) should be part of your routine.
  • Alcohol, smoking, and drugs affect each person with Crohn’s disease differently. But they may pose health risks to your GI tract and liver and affect your medications. You should ask your doctor for more information.
  • You may have questions about navigating relationships when you have Crohn’s disease. As you may know, being honest about your disease with your friends and partner is important—and so is your comfort level when talking about it. To find more information on dating and relationships, see the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s resources.

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