Chronic inflammation of the colon that produces ulcers in its lining. This condition is marked by abdominal pain, cramps, and loose discharges of stool, blood, and/or mucus from the bowel. The trademark symptom of this disease is chronic diarrhea mixed with blood. It is a disease that effects 35-100 people for every 100,000 in the United States. The causes of Ulcerative Colitis can vary greatly and can be either genetic factors, diets low in fiber, and autoimmune disease. A host of symptoms can follow including ulcers of the mouth, inflammation of the iris, arthritis in the hands and feet, arthritis of the spine, inflammation in the lower extremities, and sometimes even painful lesions on the skin. It is often confused for Crohn’s disease, but they have slightly different symptoms and effects and carries with it a higher risk to promote cancer.
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