Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, that causes chronic inflammation and painful sores (ulcers) in the innermost lining of the large intestine and rectum.The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown, but there is growing evidence that it is a result of immune system malfunction. Other forms of IBD, as well as different intestinal diseases and conditions can cause similar ulcerative colitis symptoms to ulcerative colitis, but they often require different treatments. As such, distinguishing between the different types of gastrointestinal problems is important.
Recognizing the Primary Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis
Take notice of chronic diarrhea. One of the hallmark signs of ulcerative colitis symptoms is chronic diarrhea or having loose stools (poops) on a daily basis. The ulcerative colitis symptoms diarrhea often has pus and blood in it because of the formation of ulcers in the large intestine (colon).
- Between bouts of diarrhea, some bright red blood may also leak from your anus if ulcers are in the rectum, which is the end (distal part) of the large intestine.
- Ulcerative colitis symptoms vary quite a bit among sufferers, from mild to severe, depending on the degree of inflammation and where the ulcers form.