Fistula is a Crohn’s disease. There are very few people who know about the disease. So, this article would concentrate on fistula and its symptoms. There are many people who suffer from Crohn’s for several years but fortunately do not have a fistula.

Now what does fistula actually mean? So, it should be understood that fistula is an abnormal tunnel that connects two cavities which are generally not connected like the vagina and the rectum. This fistula can even be a body cavity connected to the skin like rectum connected with the body parts that are present outside.

It is also very essential to know that how fistula is caused in the body. This fistula develops in the body through a boil. This is usually an accumulation of pus cells in the body. When this boil gets filled with certain body fluids such as stools and urine very often it would prevent the healing and recovery of fistula. These fistulas are usually not as common in Ulcerative Colitis as seen in Crohn’s disease.

Studies have proved that about 25% of world’s population suffers from fistula due to Crohn’s disease every year. The symptoms of fistula are very much similar to the other infection diseases. Given below are some of the fistula symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Fatigue
  • Uneasiness and discomfort
  • Discharge with foul smell
  • Pus
  • Frequent urination

Most commonly the fistula in a Crohn’s disease affects the perineal region of the body. These fistulas can be observed in the internal, between or around the intestine and also many other organs like the abdominal wall and the urinary bladder. A fistula noticed in the rectum or colon might cause the filling in the intestine to leak into the urinary bladder, vagina or drain through the outside skin.

Sometimes, fistulas can also be general causes of sepsis observed in Crohn’s disease. This can also prove to be life threatening in many situations.

However, there is nothing to worry about fistulas. These are generally treatable. The treatment is suggested as per the location of the fistula in the body. There are many fistulas that can even heal by themselves but in their initial stages and many of them seek medical attention. Effective drugs are available today to treat the problem.

Also, the problem can be prevented by drinking plenty of water. This would remove the bacteria and heal the pus cells present in the body.

The above listed symptoms depend on the location and severity of the fistula to affect that part of the body. These symptoms if last for long time should not be ignored in any way. Consult a physician for the best possible treatment of the problem. Remember that it is always possible to cure a disease at an early stage. This would also ensure for the permanent treatment of the disease.

Hence, any disease should be taken lightly and left ignored. Hope this article gives some knowledge about fistula and its symptoms to help some people in preventing this problem.