Ulcerative colitis can have symptoms that are similar to Crohn’s disease, mainly because they are both forms of inflammatory bowel disease.
However, their main difference is that ulcerative colitis only affects the colon or large intestine, and only the inner lining of the colon. Ulcerative colitis also doesn’t “skip” like Crohn’s disease.
What are the symptoms?
Here are some of the common symptoms of ulcerative colitis:
- Bloody stools
- Sudden weight loss
If you experience any of the symptoms above, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about it. Getting diagnosed early on can help you better manage ulcerative colitis.
What causes it?
Similar to Crohn’s disease, doctors don’t yet fully understand what causes ulcerative colitis. However, possible cause is that it get triggers when your immune system responds to a bacterial or viral infection in your colon.
What happens that instead of stopping the immune response once the infection has been dealt with, the immune system continues. This causes it to attack healthy cells, which leads to inflammation of the gut.
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