This is the way to identify and treat stomach ulcer in an easy way
Our eating habits are main indicators of our health and how our health is affected if we don’t have a proper diet. Eating too much oily, fatty and spicy food may have an adverse effect on your stomach in forms of ulcers, which are painful sores on your stomach. Read more about ulcers, their symptoms and their treatment.
1 What are stomach ulcers?
Stomach ulcers happen when there is too much acidic activity happening in stomach due to imbalance in chemicals in stomach. Usually these ulcers are either sores or holes in the lining of stomach, which cause considerable pain and uneasiness. When a sore or hole is irritated, it is capable of burning through the stomach lining. This causes stomach acid and digestive juices to leak into other parts of the body, which is a dangerous proposition. The longer an ulcer stays in the stomach, more the number of holes and sores; it forms in the stomach and causes more pain and hurt. Digestive juice hydrochloric acid and enzyme pepsin can cause considerable damage if they ooze out from the stomach onto neighboring organs.
2 What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of stomach ulcer usually occur when you eat food full of spices and this causes gastric acids, bacteria and other harmful things to enter the stomach and cause havoc. These symptoms cause pain and complications in the body if they are not treated in time. Major signs of stomach ulcers are as follows.
- Acid reflux
- Burning sensation in the stomach
- Change in appetite
- Dark stools and internal bleeding
- Severe pain in the upper or lower abdomen
3 Types of ulcer
There are three main types of ulcers:
1. Peptic Ulcer: as the name suggests, this ulcer is caused when the stomach irritation is exposed to the stomach enzyme pepsin. Peptic ulcers are found in the lining of the stomach and major signs of this ulcer are burning sensation in stomach, sharp pain in stomach in morning and in between meals, frequent burping etc.
2. Gastric Ulcer: these ulcers are pretty common and are not dangerous unless you get proper treatment in time. These ulcers are present on the lining of the stomach and cause pain after eating. It also causes heartburn and acid reflux along with symptoms like nausea; loss of appetite as eating causes more pain.
3. Duodenal Ulcer: as name suggests, these ulcers occurs on the duodenum of stomach. Their symptoms are opposite to that of gastric ulcers. Some examples are heartburn, burning sensation at the top of stomach, pain after taking aspirin or coffee.
4 How to treat ulcers?
The best way of treating ulcers is to diagnose them at the right time, so that they can be treated without major surgery and with as little medicine as possible. One can treat ulcers simply by altering their food habits like eating less fatty and spicy food, avoid eating food that has been cooked long time back, eating food with better nutrients and foods that aid better digestion. Most of time blood and stool tests are performed to check for ulcers but sometimes MRIs and other imaging tests are done to make sure about the condition. Doctors would prescribe antibiotics, H2 blockers, antacids and other helpful drugs to treat ulcers.