About 750,000 people in the United States suffer from ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation in your digestive tract, disrupting digestion and causing painful symptoms. The skilled gastroenterologists at Gotham Gastroenterology, with locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, offer expert diagnosis and treatment for ulcerative colitis, using the latest medications and strategies. Call the nearest location today or book your consultation online.
Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation in the colon (large intestine). The colon extracts nutrients from undigested food and eliminates waste through the rectum and anus. Ulcerative colitis can cause ulcers to form in the lining of the colon. These ulcers may result in pus and mucus production as well as bleeding.
People with ulcerative colitis can experience:
Ulcerative colitis symptoms can come and go, and may disappear for long stretches, but then return again.
The expert gastroenterologists at Gotham Gastroenterology assess your particular case and its severity. They create a customized treatment plan to minimize your flare-ups and symptoms. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition without a known cure, however.
Severe outbreaks of ulcerative colitis may require hospitalization. Mild-to-moderate cases can benefit from in-office intravenous infusion therapy with the latest medications that suppress inflammation in the colon and help tissues heal. The doctors may also prescribe specific medications to reduce the severity of symptoms such as bleeding, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
The goal of treatment is to manage your active symptoms and send them into remission. Once you’re in remission, the doctors want to keep you there.
What you eat and drink does not cause ulcerative colitis, but certain foods can aggravate symptoms. Because the condition can diminish your appetite, it’s important for you to eat nutritious foods. Chronic diarrhea can reduce your body’s ability to absorb important nutrients, too.
Spicy, fried, and high-fiber foods can be upsetting to those with ulcerative colitis. Often, soft, bland foods are preferred as they cause less discomfort. The doctors can help you determine a diet that best suits your system.
If you have ulcerative colitis, seek treatment to minimize its effects on your daily life. Call Gotham Gastroenterologists or book an appointment online today.