When I brought up the fungus link to my doc he mentioned c.diff which is a type of UC caused by a pathogenic c. diff bacteria (which kind of blew my mind since I never heard of an actual bacterial link to UC). I think he also pointed to the example of h. pylori to indicate a bacterial link might be more likely.
c.difficile isn't a type of UC...it is, however, a type of colitis called pseudomembranous colitis.
The trigger for UC could very well be bacterial, but that would again be a separate issue. One can have both, given the fact that a compromised colon can allow the overgrowth of c.diff. since we do have it in our colons anyway. It's also easy to pick it up from hand to mouth...considering how many people don't wash their hands. In a compromised person (for whatever reasons), that could very well take over.
Regarding h.pylori. I don't believe it lives anywhere else except the stomach (upper gastro)...but haven't done much research on it since I don't have it...so I doubt it's a cause for UC which starts in the lower part of the colon...far away from the stomach. I would think it would have been hopeful as to being a cause and tested once the discovery regarding stomach ulcers came forth.
I do believe that with some patients, the first infection/assult in our colons, if it were treated quickly and aggressively, it may prevent as being a trigger for UC. But....that would be difficult to prove since the predisposition seems to be a link that cannot be discounted.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, enemas nightly (sigh!!)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!