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Many experts believe there are some specific things you can do to help manage your ulcerative colitis (UC), including:

Keeping a diary or calendar.

You may find it helpful when you use a simple diary to:

  • Record your ulcerative colitis symptoms
  • Track the medications you are taking

By sharing this information with your doctor and others, you may be able to find ways to better manage your symptoms in the future.

How many states have passed the Restroom Access Act, or "Ally’s Law"? Click for answer

16, as of January 2016 (Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Washington) Return to question

Planning ahead

Planning is key. If you are going to be away from home, you should plan ahead for how you will manage your disease.

  • Find out where the restrooms are located on planes or trains. Try to book an aisle seat
  • Ask to sit near a bathroom in restaurants. Know where they are in shopping areas or museums
  • Always tell your doctor about your extended travel plans
  • Ask your doctor for a typed statement describing your medical condition and the medication you are taking, in case customs officials question you or an emergency occurs
  • If possible, ask your doctor to give you some names of other doctors who treat UC in the area you plan to visit. If you're planning to travel to developing countries, consider meeting with a travel medicine specialist
  • Bring enough medication to last your entire trip and a few extra days in case your trip is delayed or extended

Planning for an emergency

Plan ahead and have necessities on hand. Make an emergency kit to take with you, and keep a kit on hand in your car, desk drawer at work, handbag, or wherever. Things to include in your UC emergency kit could be:

  • Extra underclothing, adult diapers, or toilet tissue — just in case
  • Wet wipes
  • Pocket tissue packs

Carrying a medical alert restroom access card

How many times have you needed immediate access to a restroom but were told that the facilities were only for paying customers or employees? This is why people with UC may choose to carry a medical alert restroom access card. While it doesn't guarantee access to a bathroom, it does explain that you have a medical condition that makes it necessary to use one in an emergency.