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Looking at Symptom Control and Relapses of UC

In a typical year:

of people with ulcerative colitis have symptoms under control

experience mild disease activity

experience moderate disease activity

experience severe disease 

The longer a person with UC maintains symptom control, the less likely he or she is to experience a relapse, or flare-up, in the following year.

Learn about treatment options for ulcerative colitis.

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How long have you been diagnosed?

"I'm not diagnosed"

It’s still important to be open about symptoms you might be experiencing.

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"Under a year"

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"1 to 3 years"

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"3 to 5 years"

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"Over 5 years"

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How often do you experience symptoms?


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Have an open conversation with your specialist. Make the most of your next visit.

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Make sure that you’re telling your doctor everything they need to know to help you.

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Did you know that inflammation can affect you—even if you don’t have symptoms?


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Know the basics of Crohn’s or UC

See an overview of facts on Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC)—all on one downloadable page.

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Understand your inflammation

Explore and learn how inflammation affects you with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC)—from inside the body.

Real ulcerative colitis patient

I do miss out a lot but you’ve got to realize that’s always going to be with you. You can’t ignore it.

RYAN | Real UC Patient

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How Serious Is Ulcerative Colitis?

Serious complications are possible. Complications of UC are referred to as local or systemic.

  • "Local” refers to complications involving the large intestine (colon)
  • “Systemic” (or extraintestinal) refers to complications that affect other organs or the whole body

Complications may occur when intestinal inflammation is:

  • Severe
  • Widespread
  • Chronic
  • Extending beyond the inner lining of the intestines

Can You Die From Ulcerative Colitis?

While it's uncommon to die specifically from ulcerative colitis or its complications, people with UC have a slightly higher overall mortality rate compared to the general healthy population.

You and Your Care Team Are in Control

While there is no cure for UC—while also knowing it can progress and symptoms can get worse over time—it’s important to remember that you and your doctor can get your disease under control. Recognizing the signs early and getting treatment right away is key. That’s why having open conversations with your doctor and being prepared for every appointment is crucial to managing your UC.

Speak openly with your doctor about how much your UC is truly impacting you. Make a personal action plan to see how much of your time your disease is affecting and get customized steps to help you and your doctor get control of your disease.

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Get a Restroom Request Card* and helpful info

Have a discreet way to ask for access to restricted restrooms if you have symptoms. And get updates, resources and more sent to your inbox.

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Understand your inflammation

Explore and learn how inflammation affects you with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC)—from inside the body.

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Looking for a gastroenterologist?

Find a gastroenterologist—a doctor who specializes in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC)—near you.

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Make the most of your appointments

Our doctor discussion guide can help you talk effectively with your doctor during your visits.


Is it time to make a personalized action plan?

See how much time your disease is impacting you. Answer 5 quick questions and get 3 customized, timely steps to help you and your doctor take action with your disease.

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