Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause severe bouts of diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, and other symptoms, possibly caused by an abnormal immune response that damages the lining of the colon and rectum.

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Specific foods or eating habits don't cause ulcerative colitis, but they can make it worse. Here are some common foods that can exacerbate ulcerative colitis symptoms.
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8 Tips for Coping With Ulcerative Colitis

Day-to-day life with ulcerative colitis (UC) can be a major challenge. This inflammatory bowel disease affects the digestive tract, and during flare-ups can cause abdominal pain, fever, and weight loss.