Eye infections and Crohns?

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   Posted 10/25/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone get pink eye or any type of eye infections with there crohn's? I hear that the two can be linked. I have had a horrible eye infection for over a week now that is not getting any better, I have had eye drops and now am on oral antibiotics. Just wondering if it could be the Crohns. Thanks.
Tanya, 30 year old female with crohns for eight years
surgery: colon resection eight years ago 12 inches removed
medications: Pentasa 250mg four caps four -x- a day
doing well right now

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   Posted 10/25/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Episcleritis, scleritis, and uveitis can be extra intestinal manifestations of crohn's disease, there are skin issues that are also related to crohn's (extra intestinal manifestations), as well as bone and joint issues.

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   Posted 10/25/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
they blamed my iritis on Crohn's. Couldn't explain it otherwise.

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   Posted 10/25/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
General practice doc told me I had pink eye only to find out from an optomotrist it was in fact Crohns flare up! Treated with steroids (oral) and eye antibiotics. Cleared up after a few days. See an optomitrist about this. Good luck! Tony

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   Posted 10/25/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I just went through this over the past two weeks. Thought I had pink eye. Found out it was Crohn's and had to use steroid and antibiotic eye drops. My eyes are much better now.

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   Posted Yesterday 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I get this and treat it with steroid drops and its always due to the Crohn's.
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   Posted Yesterday 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
dealing with it now, 2nd yr in a row at this time with major eye issues.  suppose to stop antibiotic/steriod today, but, eyes continue to be very watery/itchy.  might have to call the doc again!  i only see 1/4 of 20/20 vision without glasses/contacts; with asst I only see 1/2 20/20, legally blind in left eye.  it is very frustrating when u can't see good, I keep buying the wrong stuff at the store cuz I don't see good.  (yes hubby drives me everywhere) don't trust my vision & all meds I'm on.

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   Posted Today 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you guys get the swollen glands by your ear and in your neck also with the eye infections? Thanks

Tanya, 30 year old female with crohns for eight years
surgery: colon resection eight years ago 12 inches removed
medications: Pentasa 250mg four caps four -x- a day
doing well right now

Baltimore Betty
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   Posted Today 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I just came back from the eye doctor, I had casually mentioned that I had yet another eye infection on my cruise last month and that I have Crohn's, my doctor knew immediately there was a connection and gave me a prescription for Pataday. After 18 years with Crohn's, this was news to me.

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   Posted Today 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been lucky with the eye problems I guess. My Crohn's has been mostly active for the past 20 years so I would have thought that I would have had this happen. I am glad it hasn't. I am sorry for those of you that have had it. Just another great thing about having Crohn's huh?
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I have had Crohn's Disease for 20 years. 4 stomach surgeries, ileostomy, rectum removed 2011, bilateral hip replacements. Taking Humira for active Crohn's in stomach.
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