What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Understanding ulcerative colitis is an important step to managing your condition. It is easier to manage symptoms and have a fuller healthier life. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, which differs from crohn’s disease which can affect any section of the digestive tract. Another difference is that ulcerative colitis is the ulceration of only the lining of the colon- which presents as tiny open sores that produce pus and mucous. Crohn’s disease can affect all layers of the bowel. Both of these conditions fall under Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD) but is not Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Individuals with either ulcerative colitis or crohn’s disease the body’s immune system responds to food, bacteria, or other materials in the intestine as an invading substance. This triggers the inflammation process and ulcerations.
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