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How is ulcerative colitis (UC) treated?

There’s no cure for ulcerative colitis (UC), but there are treatments that can help reduce symptoms. Some treatments reduce the number of flare-ups and help keep people in remission. Treatments are usually given as pills, liquids or infusions. Infusion means giving small continuous amounts of medicine directly into the bloodstream.

Medicine can help reduce the immune system attacks, so the gut is less red, sore and swollen. This helps reduce symptoms and also helps stop flare-ups from happening. Because each medicine works differently, a doctor will decide which one is best for people. Sometimes, surgery is the best option when flare-ups are serious and happen very frequently.

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