Ulcerative colitis doesn’t sound like much fun, and that’s just the way that the words sound. Once you start researching the condition itself, it becomes more evident that this is not a disease one would wish for.
But what is ulcerative colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is a condition that causes ulcers/sores and inflammation in the lining of the colon, or large intestine. Most of the time, the disease affects the lower section and rectum, but it does have the capability to affect the entire colon. The more of your colon that’s affected by ulcerative colitis, the worse the symptoms you’ll experience.
Doctors and specialists don’t know exactly what causes this condition. It’s possible that the condition is caused by the immune system overreacting to healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. While stress can make ulcerative colitis worse, it is not the cause of the condition, as some used to think. Studies have shown that you’re more likely to get the disease if others in your family have it.
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