Ulcerative Colitis - Home Treatment
You can take steps at home to reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis.
Medicines to treat your condition: If you have only mild symptoms,
antidiarrheal medicines may help. For disease in the rectum alone, you can try medicines given in a suppository, enema, or foam.
Medicines to avoid: In general, doctors recommend that you don't use
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen).
These medicines may cause flare-ups. But some people may be more likely to have
flare-ups from NSAIDs than others. Talk to your doctor about whether to avoid
A change in diet may help reduce symptoms.
For more information, see:
Bowel Disease: Changing Your Diet.
If you have had or are planning to have surgery
that will create an ostomy, you may feel self-conscious or
embarrassed. After a period of adjustment, most people are able to resume all
of their usual activities. In fact, you may feel better than before surgery
because you may no longer have painful symptoms. Support groups are available
for people with ostomies.
Bowel Disease: Caring for Your Ostomy
colitis can affect every aspect of your life. So you may want to seek
counseling or social support from family, friends, or clergy.
Helping a child
Children tend to have a harder time than adults in managing the disease. So
your support is very important.
Children may feel self-conscious if
they don't grow as fast as other children their age. Encourage your child to
take medicine as prescribed. Offer your help with the treatment so that your
child can feel better, start growing again, and lead a more normal life.