Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

Depending upon how much of the colon is affected and the level of inflammation, symptoms may include:

  • Frequent loose stools (diarrhoea)
  • Bleeding from the bowel
  • Mucus or slime with the stools
  • Constant desire to open the bowels, known as tenesmus
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration in severe cases

Other, but less common symptoms of ulcerative colitis can include:

  • Skin rash
  • Inflammation and irritation around the eyes
  • Painful and swollen joints

Ulcerative colitis is chronic condition with some patients being symptom free for long periods of time between flare-ups.

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
For more information or to make an appointment.
Contact birmingham bowel clinic on 0845 241 7762
or email
If you have private medical care or wish
to pay to see a consultant.
Take this factsheet along to your own
GP and request a referral to one
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