Bacterial Infections and Ulcerative Colitis

Infectious bacterial causes of IBD (Intestinal Bowel Disease) generally have a more acute (severe but brief) onset and run a shorter course than other forms of IBD, in most cases. However, there are other complications that can happen, like yeast overgrowth and symptoms from the antibiotics that are used to kill off the infection. Be aware of this as the antibiotic may have done it’s job but you may still have symptoms and need to treat the resulting condition before the symptoms of ulcerative colitis go away. Make sure you take plenty of probiotics during and after the course of antibiotics to avoid any complications. Bacterial organisms that can produce Ulcerative Colitis symptoms include:

Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP)

Shigella

Salmonella

Campylobacter

C. difficile or C-diff

Some E. coli