Peptic or Gastric ulcer refers to painful sores or ulcers in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. Causes of Ulcers: No single cause has been found for ulcers. However, it is now clear that an ulcer is the end result of an imbalance between digestive fluids in the stomach and duodenum. Most ulcers are caused by an infection with a type of bacteria called H. pylori.

Factors that can increase your risk for ulcers include.

* Use of painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDS], such as aspirin, ibuprofen etc.

* Excessive drinking of alcohol

* Excess acid production from the acid producing cells of the stomach that increases acid output.   

* Serious illness

* Smoking or chewing tobacco

We at Vijaydeep Clinic can treat such kind of ulcers with our collective therapies.

Symptoms of an Ulcer

An ulcer may or may not have symptoms. When symptoms occur, they may include

  • A gnawing or burning pain in the middle or upper stomach between meals or at night

  • Bloating

  • Heartburn

  •  Nausea or vomiting

  • In severe cases, symptoms can include

    *  Dark or black stool (due to bleeding)
    *  Vomiting blood
    *  Weight loss
    *  Severe pain in the mid to upper abdomen

Though ulcers often heal on their own, you shouldn't ignore their warning signs. If not properly treated, ulcers can lead to serious health problems, including:

*   Bleeding
*  Perforation (a hole through the wall of the stomach)
*  Gastric outlet obstruction from swelling or scarring that blocks the
passageway leading from the stomach to the small intestine

Taking NSAIDs can lead to an ulcer without any warning. The risk is especially concerning for the elderly and for those with a prior history of having peptic ulcer disease.

You may be more likely to develop ulcers if you

* Are infected with the H. pylori bacterium
* Have a family history of ulcers
* Drink alcohol regularly
* Have another illness such as liver, kidney, or lung disease
* Are age 50 or older

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