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Colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) similar to Crohn's disease. Both cause long-term inflammation, but only colitis causes ulcers. Most people with colitis experience flare-ups combined with periods of remission. Early diagnosis is crucial and it is important that both affected people and their physicians closely observe symptoms.

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1. Recurring Diarrhea

Diarrhea mixed with blood and mucus is the most common symptom of colitis. During a flare-up, individuals experience a gradual onset of loose, watery stool that can last for weeks. Though this type of IBD is challenging to trace back to food or environmental triggers, during a flare-up it is best to avoid foods that aggravate diarrhea.

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