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    Ulcerative Colitis

    What is ulcerative colitis?

    Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease, characterized by sores and ulcers in the large intestine. A person living with ulcerative colitis may not notice symptoms until the disease has progressed. The following subgroups have been shown to be more susceptible to developing ulcerative colitis:
    • Young adults and people over the age of 60
    • Related to someone with an inflammatory bowel disease
    • Jewish heritage
    Approximately 700,000 people in the United States live with ulcerative colitis.

    What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

    The most common ulcerative colitis symptoms include:
    • Blood in stool
    • Loose bowel movements
    • Fatigue
    • Weight loss
    • Nausea
    • Anemia
    • Cramping
    • Joint pain
    • Rash

    Is there treatment available for ulcerative colitis?

    While there is no cure for ulcerative colitis, there are treatments to manage the symptoms and encourage remission. These treatments include:
    • Antibiotics
    • Aminosalicylates
    • Corticosteroids
    • Immunomodulators
    • Biologics
    If your case is severe enough, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove parts of or your entire colon.

    Where can I find more information on ulcerative colitis?

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