Ulcerative Colitis

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this disorder in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that makes your large intestine red and swollen. The redness and swelling last for weeks to months and may come and go for years.

No one knows what causes it. Some doctors think it may happen when your body overreacts to normal bacteria. It also seems to run in families.

If you have the disease, you may get diarrhea that lasts for weeks or months. The diarrhea may have blood in it. Some people have stomach pain. The diarrhea and stomach pain tend to come and go. Many people with the disease also have joint pain or problems with their eyes or skin.

There are many medicines to treat the disease. You should check with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicines for pain or diarrhea. If medicines dont work, you might need surgery.

If you have this disease, you are at higher risk of getting colon cancer. It is very important to get a regular colonoscopy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.