Ulcerative colitis symptoms – five signs YOU could have inflammatory bowel disease
ULCERATIVE colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease – a condition which causes inflammation of the bowel and painful symptoms.
In ulcerative colitis, tiny ulcers develop on the surface of the lining of the large bowel.
Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine) but Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus.
Charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK said: “It’s estimated that UC affects about one in every 420 people in the UK – roughly 146,000 people.
“The inflammation usually begins in the rectum and lower colon, but it may affect the entire colon.
“If ulcerative colitis only affects the rectum, it is called proctitis, while if it affects the whole colon it may be called total colitis or pancolitis.”