Inflammatory Bowel Disease is the inflammation of your digestive tract—the entire tract or only part of it.

IBD comes in the form of:

  • Crohn’s disease (CD): a digestive system disease that can cause any part of the lining of your digestive tract to become inflamed—from your esophagus, stomach, small intestine to your large intestines.
  • Ulcerative colitis (UC): an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the inner lining of your colon and rectum.
    Indeterminate colitis: a digestive system disease that is indistinguishable between CD and UC.

IBD symptoms include

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever and fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in your stool
  • Reduced appetite
  • Unintended weight loss

The cause of IBD remains unknown. An immune system malfunction or genetics are possible causes. While finding a cure for IBD is very difficult, your doctor can prescribe medication—anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system suppressors, antibiotics, and other over-the-counter medications—to help reduce inflammation and calm your digestive disorder symptoms to bring you into remission