Symptoms of colitis will depend upon the type of colitis that is present, 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 or may not be present. 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 practitioner or seek other medical care.
- Tenesmus may exist; this is
the constant urge to have a bowel movement.
- The abdominal pain may come in
waves, building to diarrhea, and then waning.
- There may be
- Fever, chills, and other signs of infection and inflammation may be present
depending upon the cause of colitis.
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