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Ulcerative colitis can affect people very differently. Many people have only mild symptoms. They do not require continuous treatment with medicines.

Others might require multiple medicines or surgery. Unless it is treated with surgery, this disease is a lifelong condition.

Ulcerative colitis requires people to pay special attention to their health needs. They must also seek frequent medical care. But most people can have normal jobs and productive lives.

It can be helpful for a person newly diagnosed with ulcerative colitis to join a support group of other people with the disease.

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