After visiting with your primary care physician to discuss your ongoing digestive and bowel issues, you’ve now been referred to a gastroenterologist (GI) who specializes in treating chronic forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). You fear you may receive a diagnosis of a condition like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The range of treatments for those with IBD can vary, from alterations in diet to the prescription of a biologic infusion therapy such as Remicade, Entyvio, Tysabri, or other medication.
IVX Health provides providers and patients with new information about their condition, how to prepare for their first infusion, tips from others in their community and more.
Starting a new medication of any kind – especially an ongoing biologic infusion – often brings fear and anxiety with its prescription. What should you do to prepare? What should you expect? What happens afterwards? Whether you’re new to Remicade (infliximab) infusions or have been receiving Remicade (or an infliximab biosimilar such as Avsola, Inflectra, or Renflexis) infusions for years, we’ve provided tips to making infusion day at IVX Health just a bit more manageable.
There are three forms of asthma; exercise-induced asthma, chemical and dust exposure asthma, and allergic asthma (aka allergy-induced asthma). According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in excess of 25 million people in the United States have asthma. Of these more than 25 million people, approximately 60% have allergic asthma. During different seasons, asthma may flare due to the changes in the environment. For many, spring particularly can cause an increase in asthma flare-ups.
The most common form of this autoimmune disease is plaque psoriasis. When an overactive immune system causes the body to produce skin cells too fast, these cells buildup on the surface of the skin, causing the development of thick, shiny, dry, scaly patches (commonly referred to as plaques) of various sizes on the skin. Psoriasis plaques usually form on the hands, feet, knees, elbows, and scalp. These plaques can cause pain, itching, stinging, and a burning sensation.
Although there is no cure for plaque psoriasis, the symptoms arise sporadically and there are lifestyle changes, home remedies and medical treatments available to reduce the severity of the symptoms and psoriasis flare ups. The best way to prevent psoriasis to avoid known triggers.
Many East Tennessee patients with complex chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis make the journey to into a larger city such as Knoxville, Chattanooga or Morristown regularly to receive biologic infusions. These infusions are typically given every 4-8 weeks, which means that patients not only spend more time in the car, but they often need to find dining options for breakfast, lunch or dinner before or after their infusion.
Being diagnosed with a chronic illness like Crohn’s disease can be life-changing – in ways that are often both difficult to swallow but also a relief when finally receiving a concrete diagnosis and therapy plan. Read on to learn what you can expect when you receive your diagnosis.
COVID-19 has amplified patient expectations about the quality and safety of care, particularly for the growing number of patients with autoimmune diseases. New provider alternatives for ongoing infusion and injection therapy are reshaping how and where specialized care is delivered.
Winter can be a tough time for people with rheumatoid arthritis. The cold weather can make joints feel stiff, so it can be tempting to stay put inside all season. Whether or not you are on a biologic like Remicade, Entyvio or Orencia to treat your rheumatoid arthritis, the truth is that lack of movement can make your symptoms worse, so it’s important to make moving your body a priority, especially during the winter months.
There’s so many traditions to look forward to when the Thanksgiving holiday rolls around – from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the traditional dinner feast to endless hours of football. However, if you’re one of the many people living with IBD, traditional Thanksgiving foods might be the tradition you look forward to the least.