The most common symptoms of UC are:

  • Diarrhea (loose stool), which is often the first symptom.

  • Increased number of bowel movements.

  • Blood in the stool.

  • Sense of incomplete emptying of stool.

  • Urgency, or immediate need, to go to the bathroom.

  • Belly pain and cramping.

You might have weight loss or other symptoms that affect the entire body. The inflammation of UC can also affect your joints or skin, leading to painful joints and skin rashes. During a flare-up, symptoms may go beyond those that affect the digestive system, including:

  • Rashes or patches of red, swollen skin.

  • Painful or swollen joints.

  • Mouth ulcers.

  • Red, irritated eyes.

Keep track of any symptoms, how often you have them, and how bad they are. Be sure to talk about your symptoms with your health care provider.

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UC also has emotional symptoms that challenge daily living:

  • Depression

  • Body image concerns

  • Embarrassment

  • Social isolation

  • Frustration

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