While there is no known cure for ulcerative colitis and flare ups may recur, a combination of treatments can help to control the disease and lead a full and rewarding life. Medication for ulcerative colitis can reduce the inflammation of the colon allowing tissues to heal.
The main aims of treatment are:
- To reduce symptoms – known as inducing remission (a period without symptoms).
- Maintain remission – treatments may be medical, surgical or a combination of both. In most cases the first line of treatment is steroids to reduce the inflammation.