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Can you get a flare up of ulcerative colitis?

Can you get a flare up of ulcerative colitis?

Absolutely: Flares of ulcerative colitis(uc) are quite common and can be brought on by other illness (cold, flu, etc), medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, alleve, etc), missing doses of your uc meds and sometimes for no apparent reason. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

Ulcerative colitis (ul-sur-uh-tiv koe-lie-tis) is an inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce the signs ...Read more


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I have ulcerative colitis and starting to get a sore throat and cough. Could a cold or flu cause a bad ulcerative colitis flare up?

I have ulcerative colitis and starting to get a sore throat and cough. Could a cold or flu cause a bad ulcerative colitis flare up?

Possibly: A 'cold' is caused by a viral infection. As your body mobilizes an immune response to that infection, it might decrease the response it is giving the ulcerative colitis. The response to uc is also an immune response to some degree. The medications you are on to treat the uc may also affect your response to a cold and vice versa. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

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. ...Read more

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How can children get ulcerative colitis? How is it treated?

How can children get ulcerative colitis? How is it treated?

Ulcerative Colitis: The cause of Ulcerative Colitis is unknown. We know there is an increased risk if there is a family history, so genetics plays a part. Look at the National Library of Medicine's section on UC for a good synopsis of symptoms and general approaches to treatment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001296/#adam_000250.disease.causes ...Read more

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

Bloody BMs: Most common symptoms include bloody bm, abdominal pain, food intolerance / anorexia, and fever. It really depends on the severity of your flareup. ...Read more

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Thoughts on fasting to help treat an ulcerative colitis flare?

Thoughts on fasting to help treat an ulcerative colitis flare?

Food deprivation...: ...is not the recommended approach to treat a flare of inflammatory bowel disease. Please see your doctor right away for the correct therapy. Under-treating your flare so that it worsens puts your life at risk! ...Read more

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

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! ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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Colitis (Definition)

Colitis is inflammation or infection of ...Read more