What is Colitis?
What are the Symptoms of Colitis?
What are the Causes of Colitis?
The possible cause for ulcerative colitis can be an immune system malfunction. While your immune system attempts to battle off an overrunning virus or bacterium, an unusual immune reaction triggers the immune system to attack the cells in the intestinal region, which may cause inflammation and lead to this condition.
Diet and stress can exacerbate the condition but is not the cause. However, doctors are still not sure what causes ulcerative colitis and it is still unknown.
When to see a Doctor?
Ulcerative colitis is a serious illness and needs medical intervention to reduce its intensity. So if you notice any of the following symptoms, without a further delay, consult a doctor.
Abdominal discomfort or pain, Blood in the stool, diarrhea with blood which is not going with the over-the-counter medications. Also if you have a fever which is lasting more than a day or two with the other symptoms, then you may be suffering from a severe infection and need to visit a doctor.
Lifestyle Prevention of Colitis
- The exact prevention of colitis is unknown as the causes are unknown. However, lessening the intensity of the disease is possible by some preventive measures.
- A person suffering from ulcerative colitis should never opt for any spicy food. Also drinking alcohol and consuming tobacco should be stopped completely. Any foods that may irritate your colon should be avoided.
- If a person suffers from this condition, they generally have a weak colon. Strengthening the colon is important. Leg lifts are a great workout for them to strengthen the wall of the colon. You can lift both the legs or one at a time if you find it difficult initially. All you have to do is to lie flat your back and lift the legs gradually keeping the knees straight. This is a very common exercise to strengthen the core.
- Some Yoga postures can also help you bolster your colon. Try postures like Chest-Knee, Plow-nose, Locust-Pose, etc.