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Ulcerative colitis

  • The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. People with this condition have problems with the immune system, but it is not clear whether immune problems cause this illness. Although stress and certain foods can trigger symptoms, they do not cause ulcerative colitis
  • Ulcerative colitis may affect any age group, although there are peaks at ages 15 - 30 and then again at ages 50 - 70
  • The disease usually begins in the rectal area, and may involve the entire large intestine over time
  • Risk factors include a family history of ulcerative colitis, or Jewish ancestry

Symptoms

  • The symptoms vary in severity and may start slowly or suddenly. About half of people only have mild symptoms. Others have more severe attacks that occur more often. Many factors can lead to attacks, including respiratory infections or physical stress
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Abdominal sounds (a gurgling or splashing sound heard over the intestine)
  • Blood and pus in the stools
  • Diarrhea, from only a few episodes to very often
  • Fever
  • Tenesmus (rectal pain)
  • Weight Loss
  • Children's growth may slow

Other symptoms that may occur with ulcerative colitis include the following

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Mouth sores (ulcers)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin lumps or ulcer

Signs and tests

  • Colonoscopy with biopsy is generally used to diagnose ulcerative colitis
  • Colonoscopy is also used to screen people with ulcerative colitis for colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis increases the risk of colon cancer. If you have this condition, you should be screened with colonoscopy about 8 - 12 years after being diagnosed. You should have a follow-up colonoscopy every 1 - 2 years

Homeopathic approach

Wonderful results if started right in the beginning of the disease