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    Ulcerative Colitis - What Happens

    Ulcerative colitis may be mild, moderate, or severe.

    Most people have periods of remission (when the condition is not active) that may last up to several years. These periods are interrupted by occasional flare-ups of moderate symptoms. About 5 to 10 out of 100 people who have ulcerative colitis have symptoms all the time.1

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    5 Tips to Control Your Ulcerative Colitis Flares

    You want to calm the flares that strike when you have ulcerative colitis (UC). But if you keep your disease in check, you may also have fewer symptoms over time. Your flares might be different from someone else with UC. They can range from mild to severe and are often unpredictable. You might get diarrhea and feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. You could have blood in your stool and be tired a lot. Use these five tips to keep your flares in check.

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    Children may have the same symptoms that adults have. Also, children with the disease may grow more slowly than normal and go through puberty later than expected.

    Complications and long-term effects

    Problems from ulcerative colitis can include:

    Irritable bowel syndrome

    Some people who have ulcerative colitis also have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It isn't as serious as ulcerative colitis. IBS causes belly pain along with diarrhea or constipation.

    Pregnancy and ulcerative colitis

    Most women with ulcerative colitis can have a normal pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby. Symptoms may be worse during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Some medicines to treat the disease can be used during pregnancy.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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