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A 33-year-old member asked:

What to do if i have ulcerative colitis with lots of flare ups.?

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Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Optimization: You need to work with your gastroenterologist to make sure that you optimize your medical therapy. You either need to increase the dosage of the medications you are on, change to stronger ones, or discuss having your colon removed surgically. Speak with your doctor!

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A 50-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of flare ups due to ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Bloody BMs: Most common symptoms include bloody bm, abdominal pain, food intolerance / anorexia, and fever. It really depends on the severity of your flareup.
A 56-year-old member asked:

Can you get a flare up of ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Nicole Bressler
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Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Yes: Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease in which your immune system cannot control inflammation. There are meds that help keep the inflammation under control but flare up can occur. It may be possible that current meds may need to be adjusted. Be sure to see you doctor about flare ups because ulcerated colitis can continue to spread throughout the colon.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up.

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