What are the symptoms of colitis?
Symptoms of colitis will depend upon the type of colitis a person has, but in general, colitis most often is associated with abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Other symptoms of colitis that may or may not be present include
- Blood in the bowel movement may be present depending on the underlying
disease. Diarrhea can sometimes cause hemorrhoids, which can bleed. However, blood with a bowel movement is not normal and the affected person should contact their health-care professional or seek other medical care.
- The constant urge to have a bowel movement (tenesmus).
- The abdominal pain may come in waves, building to diarrhea, and then waning.
- There may be constant pain.
- Fever, chills, and other signs of infection and inflammation may be present depending upon the cause of colitis.
What are the types of colitis?
There are many types of colitis. The most common include:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) colitis (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
- Microscopic colitis
- Chemical colitis
- Ischemic colitis
- Infectious colitis (food poisoning caused by infections, and infections
caused by parasites or bacteria)
- Medication caused colitis
Picture of the Colon Anatomy and from Areas Where Rectal Bleeding Arises
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/20/2016
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