Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UL-sur-uh-tiv koe-LIE-tis) is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers (sores) in your alimentary canal. Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of your intestine (colon) and rectum. Symptoms usually develop over time, instead of suddenly. Ulcerative colitis is often debilitating and may sometimes cause life-threatening complications. While it's no known cure, treatment can greatly reduce signs and symptoms of the disease and even cause long-term remission. Ulcerative colitis happens when your system makes an error . Normally, it attacks invaders in your body, like the common cold. But once you have UC, your system thinks food, good gut bacteria, and therefore the cells that line your colon are the intruders. White blood cells that sometimes protect you attack the liner of your colon instead. They cause the inflammation and ulcers. Doctors aren’t sure why people get the condition. Your genes may play a role; the disease sometimes runs in families. Other things in the world around you may make a difference, too. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease. It causes irritation, inflammation, and ulcers within the lining of your intestine (also called your colon).There’s no cure, and people usually have symptoms off and on for life. But the right treatments can help you keep a handle on the disease.

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