Ulcerative Colitis

What Is Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in the part of the digestive tract affecting that affects the innermost lining, also known as the mucosa of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. As a result, the mucosa erodes and forms ulcers, which bleed and produce pus. The resulting ulcers and inflammation then cause frequent, urgent, and often loose bowel movements. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, UC can occur in people of any age. However, it usually develops between the ages of 15 and 30 and between the ages of 60 to 80. The disease affects men and women equally. People with a family member or first-degree relative with an IBD are at higher risk for developing UC, as are Caucasians and Ashkenazi Jews (of Eastern European descent). The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America says that 700,000 people have the illness.

What Causes Ulcerative Colitis

Risk Factors For Ulcerative Colitis

Diagnosing Ulcerative Colitis

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis


Living With Ulcerative Colitis



Medication And Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

Care Guide

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For Your Doctor

Questions For A Doctor