Last week, we asked our followers on Instagram to share the product they cant live without that helps them manage their IBD symptoms. We've collected them all, tallied them up, and listed them in order of popularity.
By far, the most mentioned products included some sort of wipes: baby wipes, hypoallergenic wipes, flushable wipes, Dude Wipes, and Wet Wipes.
Using toilet paper can be uncomfortable after frequent trips to the bathroom. Wipes tend to be much gentler and help keep your skin from getting raw and irritated. Wipes are also helpful when you find yourself in a public restroom with no toilet paper.
Anti-diarrheal medications, such as Imodium® can be effective remedies for diarrhea. Never take any of these drugs without consulting your physician.
3. Heating Pad
A heating pad can offer quick relief, as some people with IBD report that holding something against their stomach helps alleviate pain. Many patients feel that the pressure and/or heat sensations distract from the feeling of pain and discomfort in the gut.
For many of the same reasons as a heating pad, blankets are a popular product for IBD patients. Followers listed a variety of blankets including a weighted blanket and heated blanket.
Calmoseptine ointment can aid in protecting your skin, healing irritations and relieving discomfort and itching.
When you have to go to the bathroom dozens of times a day, drinking lots of water helps you avoid dehydration.
Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help your overall gut health and may help people with Crohn’s disease stay in remission. Probiotics are available in the form of supplements as well as in certain foods like yogurt, miso, and kombucha. Talk to your clinician about a high-quality probiotic supplement that's right for you.
The active compounds in the cannabis plant are called cannabinoids. The two most well-known cannabinoids are THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). While CBD does not produce intoxicating effects that THC is known to have, it does produce sedative effects that can help reduce convulsions, nausea, and inflammation. The FDA has not evaluated the validity or truthfulness of these claims; therefore, we encourage you to review published research relating to the benefits and properties of CBD hemp oils and other CBD products.
9. Metamucil Wafers
Metamucil is a dietary supplement that adds soluble fiber to the diet. It is also known by its active ingredient, Psyllium powder. Metamucil can be used to treat both constipation and diarrhea. Patients have found that it helps to regulate your bowel movements and promote healthy elimination. It is available over the counter.
10. Nuun Tablets
As many of us know, IBD patients can be prone to electrolyte imbalances. Electrolytes are found in your blood, body fluids and urine. People often self-treat dehydration and electrolyte imbalances using hydration tablets such as Nuun Tablets.
Other top products submitted include:
Mints or Mint Gum
Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray
High quality toilet paper
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your condition.