While the exact cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown, it is thought to be an autoimmune condition. Sometimes the immune system attacks harmless allergens or bacteria in the body. When the attack is aggressive, such as is the case with ulcerative colitis, it can result in secondary problems for the sufferer.
In the case of ulcerative colitis, the immune system attacks the lining of the colon, which is why patients suffer from inflammation in that area. Moderate to severe cases of ulcerative colitis can lead to the bowel colon stretching and a tear forming in the bowel.
If flare-ups become particularly severe, it is important to seek treatment immediately. You may need surgery to alleviate the condition before serious damage occurs to the colon and bowel. If the condition has not yet progressed in severity, medicinal and other non-surgical treatments can help reduce flare-ups of ulcerative colitis.
Healthier Immune Response
A strong immune system should not be confused with an aggressive immune system. Our bodies contain lots of bacteria that can live in harmony with us. When the immune system sees benign bacteria as a threat, attacking it does us more harm than good. In many cases, stress is a factor which can negatively impact immune response.
Sufferers of conditions such as ulcerative colitis can also find some level of relief through lifestyle and dietary changes. The immune system plays an essential role in the body, but it also needs support from the whole. Living a healthier life with a balanced diet is good for the gut.
If you are interested in finding out more about how Georgia Spinal Health & Wellness can help alleviate the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, contact our office in Atlanta today. We are here to provide you with practical treatment and advice on taking care of both your body and mind.