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Discharge Instructions for Ulcerative Colitis

You have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. This is inflammation (irritation and swelling) that happens in the rectum and colon. It is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). No one knows what causes IBD. But the symptoms can be treated. People with IBD can lead full, active lives.

Home care

Recommendations for home care include the following:

  • Follow the diet that was prescribed for you in the hospital:

    • Don't have any foods that make your symptoms worse. These foods vary from person to person.

    • Keep a diary of foods that disagree with you. Share this information with your healthcare provider or nutritionist.

  • Take your medicines as directed. Your provider may ask you to take several different types.

  • Talk with your provider about the need for surgery. Some people need to have their colon removed. This treatment has side effects. Only you and your provider can make this decision.

Follow-up care

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff. Call your healthcare provider if you have any questions about your ulcerative colitis or your medicines. 

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Bleeding from your rectum

  • Worsening pain, new pain, or cramping in your belly

  • Bloody diarrhea

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher, or as directed by your provider

  • Chills

  • Weight loss

  • Upset stomach

  • Vomiting

Online Medical Reviewer: Jen Lehrer MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Kenny Turley PA-C
Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 6/1/2019
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