Ulcerative colitis is one of the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease. Learn what it is -- and what you can do to control it.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Get an overview of ulcerative colitis, one of the most common inflammatory bowel diseases.
Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and sores in the lining of the large intestine.
It's not clear just what causes ulcerative colitis.
Are You at Risk?
Genetic factors can increase your risk of ulcerative colitis.
While you can't prevent ulcerative colitis, you can take steps to reduce its severity.
The diagnosis of ulcerative colitis is suggested by the symptoms, yet other diagnostic tests help determine and confirm this disease. Read more.
Here are the exams and tests doctors use to diagnose and evaluate ulcerative colitis.
Treatment for ulcerative colitis depends on the severity of the disease. It usually includes medications to control symptoms, along with changes in diet.
If your symptoms are mild, anti-diarrheal medications and changes in diet may help.
Medications are usually the treatment of choice for ulcerative colitis.
In some situations, people may need surgery for ulcerative colitis.
Most alternative or complementary treatments for ulcerative colitis have not been proven to work.
Here are factors to consider when deciding whether to have surgery for ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis can be controlled, but it's important to follow your doctor's advice.
Living & Coping
Follow these tips for proper care for your ostomy
To learn more about ulcerative colitis -- and to find support groups -- these resources can help.
Here's where to find more information about ulcerative colitis.
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This information can help you take an active role in managing and treating ulcerative colitis.
Glossary Terms for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
If you can't quite understand all the terms your doctor uses to describe IBD (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) print out this glossary and take it to your next appointment. Together you can explore what you need to know to help achieve the best treatment possible.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Glossary
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