ulcerative colitis does not cause symptoms, no
treatment is needed. If you have only mild symptoms,
antidiarrheal medicines and changes in
diet and nutrition may help. For disease in the rectum alone, you can try
topical medicines (suppository, enema, or foam). Ask your doctor about these
products. For more information about making good food choices, see:
- Ulcerative colitis: Changing your diet.
In general, doctors recommend that you do not use
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen).
Studies have linked these pain relievers with flare-ups of ulcerative
colitis.6 But some people may be more likely to have
flare-ups from NSAIDs than others. Talk to your doctor about whether to avoid
If you have had or are planning to have surgery
that will create an opening from the intestines to the outside of the body
through which stool passes (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
Children with ulcerative colitis may feel self-conscious if
they do not 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.
Children tend to have a harder time managing ulcerative colitis than adults, so
your support is very important.
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