Do people with ulcerative colitis (UC) always have severe symptoms?

People with ulcerative colitis (UC) don't always have severe symptoms. UC is only bad when people have a flare-up. It’s not all the time. There will be times when there are no symptoms. When people don’t have any symptoms, it is called remission. Remission gives the body time to heal.

But just as there are remissions, there are also flare-ups, or relapses, when symptoms become active and cause problems again. Flare-ups can happen a few times or lots of times. Sometimes, flare-ups can be triggered by a gut infection or feeling stressed. But often, flare-ups happen on their own without any triggers.

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