Many are too uninformed about ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is inflammation of the colon, or large intestine that helps digest food in the human body, and many people are not fully aware of it because it is not that recognized.

Adults and children should be aware of ulcerative colitis. This is a very serious disease; there are symptoms people should be aware of, a lot of people have it and are affected, and it can lead to worse conditions.

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include, according to the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, bowel movements become looser and more urgent, continual diarrhea, crampy abdominal aches, and blood in the stool.  Weight loss and fever can also come from the symptoms.  This disease is the outcome, according to the CCFA website, ccfa.org, of an “abnormal response by your body’s immune system.” Usually, cells and proteins that make up the immune system protect people from infection.  However, the immune system in people with colitis attacks the colon, which then causes inflammation and ulcers, or open sores.  Many people experience similar symptoms once in a while, but if they occur often, that is when they have to see a doctor.  Instead of just barring with it, medicine will help, which a doctor would prescribe to someone who has colitis.

A lot of people experience this disease; more than 1.4 million people in the United States have either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, a similar gastrointestinal auto immune system disease.  This a genetic disease, and as stated in an article on uptodate.com written by Mark A. Peppercorn, M.D., and Sunanda V. Kane, M.D., M.S.P.H, F.A.C.G., “Ulcerative colitis tends to run in families, suggesting that genetics have a role in this disease. About 10 to 25 percent of people with ulcerative colitis have a first-degree relative (either a sibling or parent) with inflammatory bowel disease (either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease).”  This allows the disease to spread even more, and people should be checked if they have colitis or Crohn’s so they could get medicine and relief faster.  Remission may not be long for some people, but at least they can have medicines.  One in each set of 10 of these 1.4 million people is under the age of 18, and that is very bad because the disease can cause those children to miss school, due to doctor appointments or hospitalizations.  Dealing with a disease like this can also, according to ccfa.org, cause a child to be anxious, depressed, clingy, dependent, and agitated.   Furthermore, ulcerative colitis can lead to worse things, like a risk of getting colorectal cancer, intestine damage, critical colonconditions like “fulminant colitis and toxic megacolon”, ineffective control of the disease, and more. If someone has symptoms of colitis and does not take care of them, they could be in a fatal situation.
Anyone can get this disease and be affected by it; it’s out of their control. The disease can cause people pain, weight loss, fever, and embarrassment to go in a social situation due to needing to use the restroom so often. The bathroom is where the person has to be, and the disease prevents them from getting a lot done in their day. According to webmd.com, people with severe cases may have diarrhea or bowel movements 10 to 20 times a day. This takes away a lot of time from their day. Ulcerative colitis is very serious, so people should be aware.

Overall, everyone should become aware of ulcerative colitis because there are symptoms people should be aware of, and can be especially bad if not cared for, a lot of people already have it and are affected, and it can lead to worse, including fatal, conditions. Do not do what many people do too often, which is to ignore the pain and hope it will go away.