Self Help- how to manage a
flare of Ulcerative Proctitis
What Is a Flare of Proctitis?
A flare is the reappearance of the
characteristic symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative proctitis
is disease limited to the rectum. . A flare may be
an uncomfortable but expected part of having ulcerative proctitis.
People with ulcerative proctitis go through periods when the
disease is quiet and few or no symptoms are present, alternating
with times when it is active and causing symptoms. Medical
treatment for ulcerative proctitis is aimed at bringing the
conditions into a state of remission (no active disease or
symptoms) and keeping it that way for as long as possible. There is
always the possibility, though, that the disease may flare up at
times. Proctitis may flare up for no apparent reason.
However, some possible triggers for recurrence of symptoms have
been identified. These include:
During a flare-up of Proctitis SYMPTOMS MAY
A FLARE- OF PROCTITIS
The key to
managing an ulcerative proctitis flare is to get treatment as soon
If you think you are having a flare-up your Proctitis you can
increase your mesalazine suppositories or enemas to the maximum
You can use your prescribed suppositories or enemas daily,
as discussed with your specialist nurse.
Increase medication as follows:
you check the dosage of your medication
If you see no improvement within 1 week or your symptoms
worsen please contact your Specialist nurse or
If you experience high fever, severe abdominal pain,
vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding seek medical advice.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham