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The condition ulcerative colitis is a disease of the large intestine where severe inflammation causes small ulcers to develop. The condition is relatively common, affecting 1 in 1000 people in the UK.

Symptoms
The most common symptom of colitis is diarrhea over a sustained period. This is often accompanied by blood or mucus in the stools. Other symptoms include abdominal pains, nausea, incontinence, tiredness, and a high temperature. More details on the symptoms of colitis.

Treatment
The treatment of ulcerative colitis will focus on medication to control the symptoms of the condition. However, dietary and lifestyle changes can also help reduce the likelihood of flare-ups. In some cases, urgery will be required to prevent serious heath issues from developing. More information on ulcerative colitis treatment.

Medication
The main type of medication used to treat ulcerating colitis are anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids and aminosalicylates. These help prevent the colon from becoming irritated and inflamed, and can effectively manage the condition in most cases. Further details on the medication used to treat the disease.

Cure
Despite considerable research, there is no cure for colitis. Medical experts aren't even sure what causes the condition to develop. However, as more studies are carried out, a better understanding of the disease will surely be gained in the coming years. More details on cures for colitis.

Warning signs
The main warning sign of colitis is constant diarrhea combined with abdominal cramps. If you experience these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your local doctor. More information on a signs of ulcerous colitis.

Diet
Although diet is not directly linked to ulcerous colitis, it can help alleviate the symptoms of the condition. Eating the right foods can reduce the likelihood of inflammation in the body, thereby helping avoid colitis flare-ups. More details on the ulcerating colitis diet.

Risks
If ulcerating colitis is left untreated, it can lead to several serious health problems. Possible complications include bowel cancer, osteoporosis, and primary sclerosis cholangitis (PSC). More information on the risks of ulcerous colitis.

Support
Your local doctor and NHS hospital will provide a great deal of help and support for colitis sufferers. There are also a number of charities and organisations in the UK offering advice and information. You will also find several online forums and message boards where you can chat to other people with the condition. More details on support in the UK.

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