If you suffer from Crohn's disease it’s important that you disclose it to your travel insurance company before you go on holiday. If you don’t disclose your Crohn's disease on your application for travel insurance it could invalidate a claim leaving you with a large bill for medical expenses and maybe repatriation too.
What Is Crohn's Disease?
Crohn's disease, also known as Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms.
It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is at its worst), vomiting (can be continuous), or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.
Crohn's disease is caused by interactions between environmental, immunological and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. This results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens.
While Crohn's is an immune related disease, it does not appear to be an autoimmune disease (in that the immune system is not being triggered by the body itself). The exact underlying immune problem is not clear; however it may be an immune deficiency state.
Travel Insurance For Crohn’s Disease Need Not Be Expensive
Travel insurance for Crohn’s disease need not be expensive if you shop around and find a specialist that can select the right underwriter for your particular circumstances. For example the price of your travel insurance will be influenced by your specific symptoms of the disease, your age and the destination and the length of your stay.