Published on Jan 17, 2019 and last reviewed on Jul 22, 2019 - 5 min read
Do you know the early signs and symptoms of peptic ulcer? Learn about it, along with the treatment options and preventive measures of peptic ulcer.
Ulceration in the inner lining of the stomach or upper part of the small intestine is called peptic ulcer. The sore is a result of inflammation caused by the bacteria H.pylori or due to erosion from acids present in the stomach. Stomach pain is the most common symptom experienced by people suffering from peptic ulcer amongst others like bleeding, bloating, and rarely perforation.
Peptic ulcers are generally classified into two types:
Normally, the digestive tract is covered with a protective mucous layer, that prevents the stomach acid from destroying the inner stomach lining. Conditions that cause an increase in the stomach acids and decreases the amount of mucus results in inflammation in the stomach. The excess acid destroys the mucus layer and eats away the stomach lining.
The common causes are as follows:
Burning type of abdominal pain is the most common symptom of peptic ulcers. This pain radiates from the navel to the chest and varies from being mild to severe. Small ulcers do not produce any pain in the initial stages. The symptoms include:
People with the following adverse habits are at risk of developing peptic ulcers.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is best that you consult a doctor. Your doctor will ask you about the symptoms and history, and if he or she suspects a peptic ulcer, you would have to undergo the following tests:
Here, the doctor inserts a long tube with a camera attached on one side (endoscope) through your mouth and throat, into the stomach. This will help the doctor to see the stomach and small intestine lining, and to visualize the ulcer. They can also collect tissue samples for testing.
The treatment depends on the cause. The following treatments are used:
2) Home Remedies:
It is essential to detect and treat ulcers as soon as possible because untreated ulcers can cause serious health complications like:
All the above conditions are serious, so seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
A few alterations in your lifestyle and habits can reduce the risk of you developing peptic ulcers. The lifestyle changes and habits include:
Most peptic ulcers heal with proper care, but some ulcers, called refractory ulcers, do not heal with treatment. In such cases, your doctor will run additional tests to rule out stomach cancer and other gastrointestinal diseases. You can recover faster if you follow home remedies and preventive measures along with the prescribed medicines. A lot of medicines used in the treatment of other illnesses can increase the symptoms caused by a peptic ulcer, so always inform your treating doctor about the ulcer.
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