What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is then there is chronic inflammation of the large intestine. This will result in ulcers being created in the lining and rectum. The ulcerative sores that are associated with this will produce pus and mucus. Similar to Crohn’s disease, the ulcerations cause abdominal discomfort. It has been mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome before, but that disorder does not carry the inflammation symptom that belongs to ulcerative colitis.
Normally the body’s immune system normally protects itself from infection by creating certain proteins that bind to microorganisms that mean to do harm. Ulcerative colitis comes from when the body’s immune system mistakenly overreacts to food and other harmless bacteria in the intestine and rectum and causes an abnormal inflammation.
Who Gets It?
Environmental and diet are factors that can lead to ulcerative colitis, but it also runs in families that have European and Jewish origins. This disease affects around 700,000 Americans and while there is no for sure cause ulcerative colitis there are ways to manage it.
What Are Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?
Most people with ulcerative colitis will experience mild to moderate symptoms while managing the disease. They will vary depending on the severity of inflammation and the location in the body it is occurring. Periods of remission also varies. Here are some of the symptoms that patients with ulcerative colitis go through:
- Weight loss
- Diarrhea, blood or pus also accompanies
- Urgency to defecate
- Inability to defecate despite urgent feelings
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Rectal bleeding, sometimes with stool
These symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the ulcerative colitis. This disease comes in many forms as well, ulcerative proctitis, proctosigmoiditis, left-sided colitis, pancolitis, and acute severe ulcerative colitis. These are named based on location in the body it is occurring. Come to Premier Multispecialty Infusions and lets us help you manage these symptoms and disease.
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