What are the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis


There are three common symptoms of ulcerative colitis and they are:

  • recurring diarrhoea, which may contain blood, mucus or pus
  • abdominal (tummy) pain
  • needing to empty your bowels frequently

A person suffering with this condition may also experience extreme tiredness or fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss.



The severity of the symptoms varies, depending on how much of the rectum and colon is inflamed and how severe the inflammation is. For some people, the condition has a significant impact on their everyday lives

Known to be a long-term condition, ulcerative colitis occurs where the colon and rectum become inflamed and small ulcers can develop on the lining of the colon. They can both bleed and produce pus.

What are the symptoms of a flare-up of ulcerative colitis?

Although sufferers may for long periods of time with only mild symptoms or sometimes no symptoms at all, there may be periods where the symptoms are particularly troublesome and this is known as a flare-up or relapse.

When experiencing a flare-up, people with ulcerative colitis may experience symptoms elsewhere in the body and these could include:

Some people may go for weeks or months with very mild symptoms, or none at all (known as remission), followed by periods where the symptoms are particularly troublesome (known as flare-ups or relapses).

  • painful and swollen joints (arthritis)
  • mouth ulcers
  • areas of painful, red and swollen skin
  • irritated and red eyes

When there is a severe case, which is defines when you are having to empty your bowels at least six times a day, there may be further symptoms which could include:

  • shortness of breath
  • a fast or irregular heartbeat
  • a high temperature (fever)
  • blood in your stools becoming more obvious

In most people, no specific trigger for flare-ups is identified, although a gut infection can occasionally be the cause. Stress is also thought to be a potential factor.

The above information has been sourced from https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/Health-worries/General-health-worries/Ulcerative-colitis/

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