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Signs of Ulcerative Colitis

The large intestine or colon is responsible for removing nutrients from undigested foods and eliminating waste products via the anus and rectum. When you suffer from ulcerative colitis, this part might get inflamed and swollen. This is a quite common chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease with many similar features with Crohn’s disease. It is estimated that around 2 to 5 out of 100,000 people are affected by this condition. Here is a list of the top 10 ulcerative colitis signs to watch for.

Bloody Stool

One of the most common signs of ulcerative colitis is the presence of blood in the poop or stool. It might be tarry, pink, or red due to a mixture of blood and mucus or a streak on a hard stool’s surface. This condition suggests that your digestive system is bleeding somewhere, especially the rectum or colon. It is caused when the inflammation progresses and damages the tissues. The bloody stool can also a common symptom of stomach and colon cancers. Thus, make sure to consult your doctors to prevent further complications. [1]