Diarrhoea & Constipation

Diarrhoea is a common symptom of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD). Some people also experience constipation.

You may continue to experience diarrhoea or constipation even when your Crohn's or Colitis treatment is keeping your other symptoms under control. This information sheet looks at why this might happen, and contains suggestions to help you manage your diarrhoea or constipation.

How do I know if my stool is normal?
What causes diarrhoea?
What treatment can I take?
Can changing what I eat and drink help?
Should I worry about dehydration?
How can I manage diarrhoea with a stoma?
How can I manage urgency?
How can I manage bowel leakage?
How can I manage sore skin?
How can I get rid of smells?
What is constipation?
What causes constipation?
How can I treat constipation?
How can I manage constipation with a stoma?
What should I do about other symptoms which may come with constipation?
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Last reviewed: September 2018