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Worst Distal Colitis Symptom
Proctitis: Or left sided colitis involving only the rectum or left side of the colon is usually a a less severe form of inflammatory bowel disease and may be self limitted and not lifelong. On the other hand it may rpogress with time to involve a larger portio of the colon. It usually carries a lower potential for developing colon cancer than universal colitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ulcerative : Ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease are the two most common inflammatory bowel diseases we see. Even though they can seem similar, they differ in symptoms, affected populations, which parts of the digestive tract they affect, complications and treatments. Below i've linked a web page with many tables that compare the differences between the two. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnose with colitis a month ago and now the symptoms are back. I stopped drinking too. Are they related symptoms?
Yes: If you symptoms are returning as they were before then it is most likely your colitis flaring up again. I would recommend you see your doctor or gastroenteritis sooner rather than later as different kinds of "colitis" can respond to medicines rather than surgery if treated early enough. Stopping drinking is probably unrelated. ...Read more
Is colitis dangerous even when symptoms are no longer present?
I had symptoms several years ago but none since then. 18 yo femail, non smoker/drinker
Yes: Aside from the fact colitis can re-emerge causing trouble with inflammation, absorption and obstruction, those with colitis, especially ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease, have a higher rate of GI cancers. You should be followed regularly by a GI specialist and screened for these issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colitis flairs: Symptoms like pain, diarrhea, infection, bleeding, constipation, are managed as long as possible. Ultimately surgical removal of the bowel ends the symptoms. Avoid irritants, know your irritants, and get on a bowel regiment. Common irritants setting off flairs include lactose, gluten, bile acids. Work with gastrointestinal specialist. ...Read more
Ulcerative Colitis: Common symptoms include bloody stools or diarrhea, lower abdominal pain, fevers. Anyone with blood in their stools should have it evaluated. Sometimes it's nothing serious, like a hemorrhoid or an anal fissure. But if you have ulcerative colitis (an autoimmune disease), you need to be followed by a GI specialist all your life, so find out for sure. ...Read more
I have ulcerative colitis and my GI wants me to seea dermatologist. I have no symptoms and am in remission. Is this necessary?
Maybe: Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) may be associated with certain dermatological conditions. Also, if you're taking certain medications, there may be an increased risk for certain type of malignancies. I would assume your dr. Just being thorough but hopefully you have a good enough relationship that you can ask why the referral. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It all depends...: Depends on what is causing the colitis. If it is an infection then antibiotics, but if we are dealing with an inflammatory colitis the medications you can use can be a wide variety targeting the inflammation and they need to be prescribed by a medical provider, not something you can take over the counter. Usually if this is the case close monitoring is needed. Follow up with GI provider on this. ...Read more