Ulcerative Colitis is one of the two major chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, the other being Crohn’s disease. At present it impacts the lives of 1 in every 420 people in the UK which amounts to approximately 146,000 people.
It’s onset is often gradual with incidences followed by remission and then relapse of symptoms which can commonly include diarrhoea (often with blood) and abdominal pain. The severity of these symptom seems to depend on how much of the colon is impacted by the condition. During flare, symptoms can also appear in places outside the digestive system such as joint pain, ulcers, swollen skin and irritation in the eyes.