Just thought I would throw this out there for any of you who suffer from ulcerative proctitis as I do. My last flare (and my worse) started the day after I took a bath with cheapo bubble bath which I purchased at a dollar store. Basically, I noticed a small sore outside my vaginal area and boom..by nightfall I started with the mucus and you all know the drill....diarrhea, bleeding and all that comes with it, within a few days time. My GI doctor explained that it could very well have been triggered by the cheap bubble bath. It may have harbored a bacterium and been perfectly harmless in a "normal" person. But, with my compromised immune system that is all it took for my body to send out signals that something was awry. Needless to say, I no longer even take a bath, just showers.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!! Hope I don't jinx myself. Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks. Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.