Colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can cause pain, inflammation, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. Diagnosing colitis may include tests such as a colonoscopy, barium enema, or stool samples. Treatments range from over-the-counter medications to surgery. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how colitis is caused, its symptoms, how to treat it, and much more.
Reason for My Stomach Cramps and Diarrhea
Some people are at a higher risk for developing ulcerative colitis than others. Find out what your chances are for developing the disease and whether or not you can control it.
Ulcerative Colitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Find out the causes of ulcerative colitis, how the disease makes you feel, and what kinds of medicines and surgery can help curb your symptoms.
How to Know if You Have Ulcerative Colitis
WebMD explains the tests used to diagnose ulcerative colitis, an irritable bowel disease.
What Causes Crohn’s Disease?
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, but theories suggest it has genetic, environmental, and immunological origins. WebMD explores what we know about the potential causes of Crohn’s disease.
Test Your Colitis IQ
Take our true/false quiz to learn how much you know about ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative Colitis: Building Strong Relationships
Friendship can be a good medicine when you have ulcerative colitis. Learn how to keep your social life going when you don’t always feel like going out.
How to Manage Your IBD at Work
Balancing IBD and your career can be hard. These tips may help you navigate some challenging times much more easily.
7 Tips for Exercising With a GI Disorder
Crohn’s, IBS, and other GI disorders can put a serious snag in a workout. Here’s how to sidestep symptoms and keep your healthy exercise routine on track.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Ulcerative Colitis Surgery -- What to Expect
See the different surgeries used to treat ulcerative colitis. Learn when it may be needed, what is involved, and possible complications and benefits.
The Intestines (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Location, Parts, Definition, and Conditions
WebMD's Intestines Anatomy Page provides a detailed image and definition of the intestines. Learn about its parts, location in the body, function, and conditions that affect the intestines.
The Abdomen (Human Anatomy) - Picture, Function, Parts, Definition, and More
WebMD's Abdomen Anatomy Page provides a detailed image and definition of the abdomen. Learn about its function, parts, abdominal conditions, and more.
The Colon (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Definition, Problems
WebMD's Colon Anatomy Page provides a detailed image and definition of the colon. Learn about its function, location, and conditions that affect the colon.