A: There could be genetic factors as ulcerative colitis is more common in people who have family members with the disease.
A: Ulcerative colitis causes abdominal pain and cramping. You are likely to feel extreme tiredness, with loss of appetite and weight loss.
During episodes of flare-ups, you may experience more severe symptoms.
A: Though there is no known cure for ulcerative colitis, you can make certain diet changes to improve your symptoms. For example, you can improve your symptoms by avoiding food that triggers bloating, flatulence or diarrhoea.
A: Ulcerative colitis is not a common disease in Singapore, affecting about 6 out of 100,000 people.
A: Inflammatory bowel disease is a group of disorders that cause chronic inflammation (pain and swelling) of the digestive tract. It affects the small and large intestines.
Inflammatory bowel disease includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
A: You are likely to need long-term treatment for inflammatory bowel disease with the goal of reducing inflammation and preventing future flare-ups.
Depending on where your inflammation occurs, its recurring pattern and severity, your doctor may either: