What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease causes inflammation which can strike anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. It is usually located in the lower portion of the small bowel, or the upper portion of the colon. This disease is currently non curable, however research is ongoing to find a cure. This is a chronic illness, meaning that it is lasts a lifetime.
Signs and Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Signs and symptoms may range from mild to severe. These symptoms will tend to develop gradually over time; however some may occur abruptly without warning signs. General signs and symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain and cramps, blood in the stool, mouth sores, reduced appetite, weight loss, and perianal disease. A total of 25% of those with Crohn’s disease experience this perianal disease which is located around the anus. This means that a person could develop swollen skin tags for example around this area. Those with a severe case of Crohn’s disease may also experience inflammation of the skin and liver. In addition they may also experience delayed growth or sexual development in children affected by this disease.
Diagnosing Crohn’s Disease
There is no test to determine if you have Crohn’s disease as the symptoms for this disease overlap with many other health problems. It is common to have multiple exams, lab tests, and imaging studies done to rule out other health problems with similar symptoms before clearly diagnosing a patient with Crohn’s disease.
How To Prevent Crohn’s Disease?
Diet is very important to manage for someone with this disease as certain foods may trigger intestinal symptoms. It is important to avoid any trigger foods that cause gastrointestinal symptoms, especially during flares. By avoiding these foods, symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pains, cramping, and diarrhea may be minimized. It is also important to have a high nutrient diet which includes consuming high-calorie and high-protein foods. It is important to eat regular meals as well as two to three snacks per day. Examples of foods that trigger symptoms include alcohol, butter, carbonated beverages, dairy products, fatty foods, and nuts.
Important Facts about Crohn’s Disease
For women with this disease, it may be harder to conceive than during times in remission. For men with this disease, some may be taking sulfasalazine for their Crohn’s disease. This medication should be changed if they are planning on becoming a father, as this medicine decreases one’s sperm count. If both parents have this disease, the child has a one in three chance of having it as well. If only one parent has this disease, then the child has a 9% chance of getting the condition passed down to them.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Crohn’s Disease
To be eligible for this tax credit program one must have their disability for at least 12 months. In addition, it must be severely affected them the majority of the time.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Crohn’s Disease?
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable.
DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.