Ulcerative Colitis Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

Ulcerative colitis is a serious, chronic bowel disease that requires care by a specially trained gastroenterologist. The board-certified specialists at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois are well-equipped to effectively treat this complex and often debilitating disorder. Their patients also appreciate the warm and friendly environment that’s part of the norm at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group. Schedule your ulcerative colitis care with a top-rated expert who also has the compassion this disease requires. Call the office today or book your appointment online.

Ulcerative Colitis Q & A

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation and open sores (ulcers) in the inner lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. There is no known cure for ulcerative colitis. The goal of the treatment provided at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group is to ease or eliminate your symptoms, avoid complications associated with this debilitating disease, and eventually bring about long-term remission.

What are the Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?

Symptoms usually come on gradually. They can vary in intensity and frequency. The symptoms include:

  • Stunted growth in children
  • Diarrhea often containing blood and/or pus
  • Rectal pain
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Passing small amounts of blood
  • Urgent need to but an inability to have a bowel movement
  • Weight loss, fatigue, fever

Ulcerative colitis usually begins before age 30 but can develop at any age, even when you’re 60 or older.

What are the Possible Complications of Ulcerative Colitis?

When not adequately treated, ulcerative colitis can lead to serious complications that can include:

  • Perforated colon (hole in the colon)
  • Internal bleeding
  • Dehydration
  • Rapid swelling of the colon (toxic megacolon)
  • Bone loss (osteoporosis)
  • Inflammation affecting your skin, joints, and eyes
  • Increased risk of colon cancer

Appropriate treatment of acute symptoms and long-term management of ulcerative colitis can effectively reduce your risk of developing these complications and even bring about remission.

How is Ulcerative Colitis Treated?

Treating ulcerative colitis includes medications that reduce inflammation and address the other issues associated with the condition. Your therapy will depend on the nature of your symptoms and where the disease is in your colon. Your response to previous medications will also guide treatment choices. Sometimes surgery is required.

You can do some things at home to avoid triggering your symptoms like avoiding dairy products and spicy or fried foods. Eating smaller meals spread throughout the day and avoiding alcohol and caffeine can also help. It’s important to note that a faulty diet didn’t cause ulcerative colitis, but some foods can make your symptoms worse.

For effective ulcerative colitis treatment delivered in a caring environment, schedule a visit to the Illinois Gastroenterology Group today. Call the office or book your visit online.