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.
Ulcerative Colitis Treatments & Surgery
Ulcerative colitis treatment is broken into three categories - medication, diet, and surgery.
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.
Crohn's Disease Complications
Learn more from WebMD about the health complications of Crohn's 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.
How One College Student Controls Crohn's Disease
There's no cure for Crohn's disease, but that hasn't stopped this young woman from living a full life.
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.
A Guide for New Parents With Ulcerative Colitis
Parents with ulcerative colitis: There are ways to make life a bit easier when you're caring for a little one.
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.
Slideshow: Ulcerative Colitis Diet Tips and Mistakes
See how diet can affect your ulcerative colitis. Learn what foods can aggravate it and how to get the nutrition you need.