Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative Colitis Treatment & Medications

When someone is suffering from ulcerative colitis, treatment is focused on reducing the level of inflammation. This is because the inflammation is what causes most of the symptoms of the disease. Ulcerative colitis treatment should provide relief from symptoms, and may also lead into remission. Typically, it’s treated by medications or surgery.

There are a variety of different drugs that doctors use to help reduce inflammation. Because not all people get the same results from the same drugs, there may be a bit of a trial and error process before the doctor finds the ideal medication. Since some medications have strong side effects, you’ll have to look at the pros and cons of any treatment you try. Read more »

Overview of Ulcerative Colitis

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Inflammatory bowel disease can be very debilitating, and the two most common types are Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Only the colon and the rectum are affected by ulcerative colitis, but Crohn’s disease can appear in any area within the digestive system. See the separate topic about Crohn’s disease in order to learn more about it. Read more »

What Are Different Types of Colitis?

Colitis is caused by inflammation of colon and there are several different types of this disease.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – is a group of inflammatory conditions of colon and small intestine and are considered as autoimmune disease, in which the body’s own immune system attacks portions of digestive tract.  There are two major types of IBD:

  • Ulcerative colitis – typically affects just the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. It takes place just through continuous stretches of your colon.   Ulcerative colitis may be incapacitating and in some cases can result in life-threatening complications. It is a chronic illness so symptoms usually progress gradually, instead of suddenly. There isn’t any known cure for ulcerative colitis, however there are treatments  that could significantly lower the symptoms and perhaps result in a long-term remission.  Click here to learn more about Ulcerative colitis.
  • Crohn’s disease – type that often leads to Colitis and it can happen anywhere in the digestive tract and often spreads deeply into the affected tissues. Read more »
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