July 27, 2020 |  written by IVX Health

Beating the Heat: Living with Crohn’s in the Summer

Many people are finding this summer with the outbreak of COVID-19 abnormal at best, but it can be especially challenging for those living with Crohn’s disease as they have to be extremely careful to avoid exposure to COVID-19. As we enter into the home stretch of the summer months, we’re taking a deeper dive in how to live well in the heat, sunshine and Coronavirus while managing Crohn’s disease.

Smiling young woman enjoying a sunny day in the park
Smiling young woman enjoying a sunny day in the park

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated in the summer is something that most people struggle with – it can be a hard balance to find the right amount of water to consume when it’s incredibly hot outside every single day. When living with Crohn’s disease, avoiding dehydration is even more important. Dehydration can exacerbate symptoms like diarrhea, and cause painful issues if you’ve had any surgery like a colon resection. To ensure you’re never without water, be sure to invest in a large water bottle that you can keep with you at all times.

Develop an Exercise Routine

Research shows that regular exercise can have a positive effect on Crohn’s symptoms, and can even help prevent painful relapses. This summer, take advantage of the beautiful weather to exercise outdoors in moderation as the rising temperatures allow. If you prefer to exercise inside and avoid exposure to others at a shared exercise studio, try streaming a workout class on Youtube. Everyday health recommends strength training, dancing, pilates and yoga among several other activities that are particularly beneficial to people with Crohn’s disease.

Enjoy the Sunshine Cautiously

Practice smart self-care and always apply sunscreen when you’re going to be outdoors. The majority of those living with Crohn’s disease are on a type of medication that makes them more sensitive to sun exposure. Wearing a hat and sunglasses when spending time outside is recommended too.

Group Settings

While every situation is different for each person, the general consensus is that’s it is recommended for those with Crohn’s disease to continue to exercise extreme caution when socializing in groups. Utilize a park or spacious back yard to spend time with friends and loved ones at a safe distance or try a weekly Facetime group call.

Keep Up with Your Regular Care Plan

During this time of uncertainty, it can seem like avoiding shared healthcare spaces might be a wise decision, but falling off of your prescribed treatment regime can result in an active bowel inflammation that could leave to more complications and surgery. At IVX Health, our care model is intentionally designed to accommodate social distancing with our appointment only model and private suites for all patients.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.