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Ulcerative colitis | Symptoms | Treatment | Diet for colitis | Ulcerous colitis signs | Medication | Colitis cures | Support in the UK | Ulcerating colitis risks | Frequently asked questions

You may have many questions regarding ulcerative colitis and how the condition is treated. Take a look at answers to the most frequently asked questions below:

What causes ulcerative colitis?
The cause of the condition is unknown, and despite considerable research, experts are still unsure as to why the problem develops.

What are the symptoms of ulcerating colitis?
The main symptom of the disorder is diarrhea over a sustained period, often accompanied by blood or mucus in the stools. Other symptoms can include abdominal pains, nausea, and a high temperature.

Is there a cure for ulcerous colitis?
There is no cure for the condition, although treatment can help effectively manage its symptoms.

How is colitis diagnosed?
Diagnosis of the condition will be based on the symptoms that a patient is experiencing. A biopsy of tissue may taken from the colon during a colonoscopy for confirmation.

How is colitis treated?
Medication is the main method of treatment for the condtion, althiough dietary and lifestyle changes can also help reduce the likelihood of flare-ups.

Are there alternative therapies for ulcerating colitis?
Alternative therapies used to help treat the condition include aloe vera, boswellia, liquorice root, and omega-3 fatty acids. However, always speak to your doctor before taking any herbal remedies.

What are the warning signs of colitis?
The main warning sign to look out for is constant diarrhea combined with abdominal cramps. If this lasts for a sustained period of time, you should seek medical advice.

What colitis medication should I take?
The main type of medication used to treat the condition is anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids and aminosalicylates.

What are the risks of ulcerative colitis?
If left untreated, the condition can lead to a range of more serious conditions including bowel cancer, osteoporosis, and primary sclerosis cholangitis (PSC).

What is the recommended diet for colitis?
Diet is not directly linked to ulcerous colitis, but it can help improve the symptoms of the condition. The right foods can reduce the likelihood of flare-ups arising.

Where can I find colitis support in the UK?
As well as your local doctor, you can find support from a range of harities and organisations including The National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease. Call 0845 130 2233 or visit www.nacc.org.uk for more information.

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