Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the large intestine, also called the colon, that affects the lining of the colon and causes small sores, or ulcers, to form. Those ulcers produce pus and mucous, which cause abdominal pain and the need to frequently empty your colon. Ulcerative colitis is the result of several factors that are not yet well understood. Abnormal immune response, genetics, microbiome, and environmental factors all contribute to ulcerative colitis.
The symptoms of ulcerative colitis vary from person to person and about half of all ulcerative colitis patients experience mild symptoms and can include loose and urgent bowel movements, bloody stool, abdominal cramps and pain as well as persistent diarrhea accompanied by abdominal pain and blood in the stool.
There are several symptoms of ulcerative colitis that can affect your general health and your quality of life: loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, fever, low energy and fatigue, anemia (low red blood cell count) and delayed growth and development in children.
We offer many of the latest medications used to manage ulcerative colitis, including biologics, which are injectable drugs that help regulate the immune system. Many doctors suspect that the immune system plays an important role in managing ulcerative colitis.