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Peptic Ulcers: All you need to know

About


A peptic ulcer is a condition of having a sore (ulcer) in the lining of the oesophagus, stomach or small intestine.


Long-time overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Aspirin is one of the most common causes of peptic ulcers.


- Requires medical diagnosis and treatment
- Common and painful condition


Ages affected- all ages are susceptible


There are three kinds of peptic ulcers: gastric ulcers, esophageal ulcers, and duodenal ulcers- ulcers that develop in the small intestines.


Symptoms


Ulcers cause a burning sensation, but peptic ulcers can be accompanied by a variety of other symptoms. The symptoms usually range from mild to moderate.


People may experience:
- Burning abdominal pain
- Nausea and feeling faint
- Bloody or dark stools
- Unexplained weight loss
- Indigestion
- Vomiting


Treatments


Your doctor will run tests and recommend a treatment plan, which usually includes taking medication daily for a couple weeks.


Self-care:
- Avoid alcohol
- Proper rest
- Refrain from taking pain relievers


Medications:
- Antibiotics
- Acid blockers like Zantac or Pepcid


Specialists:
If the pain persists after taking medication for 2 weeks, seeing a specialist is recommended. At MFine, we care deeply about your well-being and we’ve kept your health in mind when we created our holistic health program. You can improve your daily life, starting today.

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