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Duodenal Ulcer

Controlling Duodenal ulcer

About

An ulcer in the lining of the duodenum is referred to as a peptic ulcer.

Usually appears between ages 30 and 50, more commonly in men than women. [1]

- Fairly common
- 1 in 10 individuals develop a peptic ulcer at some time
- A peptic ulcer can occur at any age.

Most duodenal ulcers are caused by an infection from the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. The bacteria act by damaging the mucus that protects the lining of the stomach and the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). The damage can be further worsened by stomach acids.

Causes:
- Long-term unjudicial use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can damage the mucus that protects the lining of the stomach over time and result in ulcers
- Excessive smoking, stress, and caffeine can lead to or aggravate an existing ulcer.

Age affected
Commonly in the 30-50 range.

Symptoms

Self-diagnosable
Symptoms may vary. In some cases, ulcers do not present any symptoms.
Common: Dull or burning pain in the stomach around meal times
Less common symptoms:
- Feeling full after eating a small amount of food
- Burping
- Nausea/vomiting
- Not feeling hungry
- Losing weight without effort
- Bloody or black stool
- Vomiting blood

Treatment

Treatment includes making lifestyle changes, use of antibiotics.

Self-care
- Quitting smoking
- Limiting alcohol and caffeine
- Avoiding NSAIDs
- Avoiding foods that worsen symptoms

Medication
Use of antibiotics to control H. pylori infection, Proton Pump Inhibitors, mucosal protective agents, and antacids

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