4. Rectal Bleeding
Ulcerative colitis patients are likely to experience bleeding of the rectum, as well as blood loss. Rectal bleeding occurs because the skin around the anus becomes inflamed and painful, causing blood loss which may be light or severe. The skin may become irritated and sensible. People who experience rectal bleeding also describe the feeling of needing to have an urgent bowel movement. Bleeding may be worsened by certain foods, such as products containing gluten. These are also known as triggers. If you suffer from rectal bleeding, address the symptoms by discussing your condition with your doctor.