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Stomach Ulcers - What Are The Most Common Causes?

Dr.Praveen Sharma 87% (65ratings)
MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM - Gastroenterology
Gastroenterologist, Delhi
Stomach Ulcers - What Are The Most Common Causes?

The stomach has a smooth mucosal lining, which also provides a protective layer for the stomach tissue. There are various acids and chemicals that flow through the stomach, and this protective layer provides the stomach tissue adequate protection. However, due to various conditions, this lining can develop ulcers or sores or breaks which disrupts the continuity of the mucosal lining. This can allow the acids and chemicals access to further degrade the mucosal lining.

Some of common causes include -

  1. Infection with Helicobacter pylori.
  2. Prolonged use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen.

The stomach ulcers can be symptomless in the initial stages but over a period of time, they can cause the following:

  1. Constant, nagging pain which is relieved with eating and antacids.
  2. Weight loss
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. The feeling of fullness in the stomach.
  5. Constant burping
  6. Heartburn
  7. Bleeding which can cause bloody vomiting or dark, tarry stools.

These symptoms could point to the presence of a stomach ulcer. This can lead to further investigations as below to confirm the diagnosis:

  1. H. pylori infection via a breath, blood, or stool test.
  2. Barium swallow followed by x-ray of the stomach.
  3. Endoscopy of the stomach lining to identify ulcers (location, size, shape, etc.). This is used when multiple ulcers are suspected.
  4. Biopsy of the mucosal lining.

Treatment: If identified early on, non-surgical treatment would suffice.

  1. Stop the use of NSAIDs like aspirin.
  2. Antibiotics may be prescribed if H. pylori infection is present.
  3. Proton pump inhibitors and H2 receptor blockers: These control the production of acid so that further mucosal lining breakdown is prevented.
  4. Bismuth supplements.
  5. Probiotics which are believed to control H. pylori infection.
  6. Surgical treatment as a last resort may be required to treat ulcers which continue to return and do not heal. This could range from removal of a single ulcer to removal of a part of the stomach which is prone for ulcers. Lining from another part of the intestine is usually then patched to cover the removed part.

In addition to the above treatment, diet and lifestyle changes also help in managing ulcers.

  1. Foods like broccolicabbagespinach, apples, yogurt, berries, olive oil, etc. help in fighting H. pylori infection.
  2. Honey, glutamine, and probiotics are considered good for people with stomach ulcer.
  3. Smoking worsens ulcers, so quitting smoking is suggested.
  4. Food needs to be cooked after thoroughly cleaning the ingredients as the bacteria get into the system often via food.
  5. NSAIDs should be used only when absolutely necessary.
  6. Do not ignore regular acidity attacks, as they could be the first symptom of underlying ulcers.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Home Remedies!

Dr.Kriti Saxena 92% (77ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
Home Remedies!

For acidity and gas - 
One teaspoon of carom seed with half teaspoon of pink salt swallowed with water.

Diarrhea -
One teaspoon of fenugreek seed swallowed with water

Vomiting -
Rock candy half teaspoon, or
Burnt lemon with pink salt

Headache -
One glass of warm water during headache

Constipation -
Drink one glass of warm water with pink salt mixed every morning empty stomach and before stool 

Cough and cold -
Start from day one one teaspoon of honey 4-5 times a day

Running nose
Take steam 2-3times a day,
Pour 3 drops of mustard oil in nose

Injury - 
Apply warm turmeric mixed with alum on the injured part, it will reduce the pain

Menstrual pain - 
Coffee,
Chocolate,
Ginger tea,
Light food rich in fibre

Dandruff - 
Rub lemon on the scalp leave for 10min then wash

Hair fall -
Increase intake of dry fruits and nuts

Heat stroke - 
Eat raw onion along with every meal

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Coffee And Your Digestion!

Dr.Radhakrishna Patta 88% (10ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery
Gastroenterologist, Chennai
Coffee And Your Digestion!

The quote 'Good day starts with coffee' suits a lot of people who love nothing more than a cup of coffee every morning. However, your morning tryst with a cup of coffee might not be a very healthy habit. Believe it or not, addiction to caffeine (in the form of coffee) is as harmful as addiction to any other drug. In fact, caffeine is a legal drug that slowly and gradually damages your gastrointestinal tract. Here are the negative effects of coffee on your digestive system:

  1. Increases Acidity: Coffee is known to contain different kinds of oils, acids and caffeine. These compounds have an adverse impact on the digestive system. The stomach and intestinal linings get damaged due to the over-consumption of these compounds in the form of coffee. Moreover, as you take coffee, your stomach produces more hydrochloric acid for digestion. This causes acidity and hampers the HCL levels altogether. When we take coffee regularly for years in empty stomach, our body's capacity of producing proper amounts of HCL gets hampered. Often, HCL production gets reduced as well. This leads to indigestion of other food items and effects flatulence and produces unwanted gases due to the improper breaking of proteins and fats by the body.
  2. Ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Doctors believe that coffee acts as an irritant for patients of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gastritisCrohn's diseasecolitis and ulcers. Coffee is responsible for the irritation of the lining of stomach and intestine. It is also noticed that certain enzymes present in the coffee beans are also harmful to the gastrointestinal tract.
  3. Heartburn: Coffee is responsible for relaxing the esophageal sphincter muscle. The relaxation of this muscle hinders the process of digestion and causes acid-reflux, resulting in heartburn. It is known to have compounds that have diuretic, laxative and mineral blocking effects on the body.
  4. Laxative Effects: Coffee stimulates the process of peristalsis or movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract. The peristalsis starts immediately after food is swallowed by the individual. The intake of coffee catalyzes peristalsis and consequently leads to emptying of the stomach even before the food is digested properly. The semi-digested food is sent to the intestine too early, causing injury to the intestine and hampering the absorption of nutrients.
  5. Affects absorption of minerals: Caffeine reduces the ability of the stomach to absorb iron and also hinders the absorption of minerals like calciumzinc and magnesium by the kidney. All these minerals help in digestion at different points and regulate the bowel movement.
  6. Coffee is known to have benefits like reduction of constipation and sugar absorption. But, it also interferes with the smooth functioning of the digestive system. It has a tendency to increase stomach aches, disturb the fluid balance and the overall process of digestion. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a gastroenterologist.

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Gastric Problems - Ways To Deal With It!

Dr.Surbhi Dadwal 88% (274ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Shimla
Gastric Problems - Ways To Deal With It!

Excessive gas can be defined as bloating, belching, flatulence and burping. It does not matter what you call it but what matters is how you treat it and get relieved from the embarrassing symptoms. 

Here are some ways in which you can avoid gastric problems:

  • Avoid eating foods that can cause gas or acidity. The vegetables which are known to cause acidity are Brussels, onions, garlic and broccoli; dairy products like cheese, milk, ice cream and whole grains can cause acidity. The reason is that these products have fiber, starch and sugar which cannot be digested easily thus causing pain in the intestines. Fruit which contains sorbitol and aerated drinks should also be avoided. Eat everything but in moderation.
  • Avoid drinking before meals as the stomach acids are lost and the food cannot be digested well. Water and liquids should be had half an hour after a meal for better digestion.
  • Food should be eaten slowly. Eating and drinking fast allows a lot of air to go in the stomach with the food. This, in turn, can cause stomach pain.
  • Over the counter, drugs can be taken for immediate help in digestion. These medicines contain enzymes which aid in digestion. The enzyme works to dissolve the sugar that is found in many vegetable and fruit.
  • Do not fill the air in the stomach. Some habits like chewing gum, drinking from a straw, smoking causes the air to fill in the stomach, thereby, leading to gas.
  • Artificial sweeteners such as Sorbitol should be avoided as these are difficult to digest and can easily lead to a feeling of bloating. 

However, all the pains might not be due to gas and could be a sign of something serious. These could be:

  1. Lactose intolerance: This is the inability to digest milk and milk products. The sugar in the milk known as lactose and cannot be digested easily. 
  2. Irritable bowel syndrome: People who suffer from pain in the lower abdomen constantly might be suffering from IBS.
  3. Colon cancer: If the pain lasts too long then getting a screening done is a good idea to rule out if one is suffering from colon cancer or not.
  4. Upper gastrointestinal disorders: If one gets belching occasionally then it is alright but constant belching might be a sign of gastrointestinal disorder in the upper tract. These could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastroparesis, or peptic ulcers.
     
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What Is The Role Of Homeopathy In Dealing With GERD?

Dr.Jay Verma 88% (33ratings)
BHMS, CAFE
Homeopathy Doctor, Lucknow
What Is The Role Of Homeopathy In Dealing With GERD?

Acidity is an extremely common condition that mostly affects people who consume spicy, oily foods and/or alcohol. Acidity occurs due to excess production of acids in the stomach. Normally, the food we consume passes down the oesophagus into the stomach. The gastric glands produce the acid that helps in digestion. Acidity occurs when excess or a large amount of acid is produced in the stomach. This condition is caused due to factors like poor eating habits, irregular lifestyle, lack of physical activities etc.

The condition is characterized by symptoms such as heartburn, burning sensation around the chest and in the stomach, vomiting, nausea and restlessness.

Acidity often leads to other stomach disorders like - 

  1. Esophagitis- When the acid in your stomach repeatedly comes in contact with the oesophageal lining, it causes injury including ulcers.
  2. Barrett’s oesophagus- Damage from acidity causes abnormal changes in the lining of the oesophagus. The cells that are normally found in the lining of the oesophagus get replaced with similar cells not found in the esophagus. This condition is found in about 10% of the people who have chronic Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease (GERD), more commonly known as the acid reflux disorder.
  3. Gastritis- This occurs when the stomach lining becomes swollen or inflamed. This condition can last for a short span of time or can last for even years.

How homeopathy plays a role in treating acidity and stomach problems -
When anything goes wrong with your stomach or digestive system, it’s a clear indication that something is inherently out of order and that your body needs instant help. Homeopathy cures both acidity and other stomach problems by treating the lower oesophageal valve. This branch of medicine uses natural remedies that not only help you get rid of stomach disorders, but also eliminates the factors causing such conditions from their roots. The most common drugs used for treating acidity and related stomach disorders are- Nux vomica, Arsenicum album, Natrum carbonicum. These help reduce symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, burning sensation, abdominal pain and chest pain. Homeopathy medications have zero side effects and are completely safe. Moreover, the natural substances used in homeopathic treatment benefit your health immensely in the long run. Acid sulphuricum and capsicum play significant role.

Digestive problems or stomach disorders can affect any person irrespective of age. Conditions like acidity or acid reflux can be short-term or persistent. Since NSAIDs and other conventional medicines often trigger further complications, it is always advisable to go for safe, natural avenues of treatment such as homeopathy.

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Gastric Problems - How To Administer It?

Dr.Harloveleen Singh Ghuman 92% (295ratings)
MBBS, Diploma Emergency medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Patiala
Gastric Problems - How To Administer It?

Excessive gas can be defined as bloating, belching, flatulence and burping. It does not matter what you call it but what matters is how you treat it and get relieved from the embarrassing symptoms. 

Here are some ways in which you can avoid gastric problems:

- Avoid eating foods that can cause gas or acidity. The vegetables which are known to cause acidity are Brussels, onions, garlic and broccoli; dairy products like cheese, milk, ice cream and whole grains can cause acidity. The reason is that these products have fibre, starch and sugar which cannot be digested easily thus causing pain in the intestines. Fruit which contains sorbitol and aerated drinks should also be avoided. Eat everything but in moderation.

-  Avoid drinking before meals as the stomach acids are lost and the food cannot be digested well. Water and liquids should be had half an hour after a meal for better digestion.

- Food should be eaten slowly. Eating and drinking fast allows a lot of air to go in the stomach with the food. This, in turn, can cause stomach pain.

- Over the counter, drugs can be taken for immediate help in digestion. These medicines contain enzymes which aid in digestion. The enzyme works to dissolve the sugar that is found in many vegetable and fruit.

- Do not fill air in the stomach. Some habits like chewing gum, drinking from a straw, smoking causes the air to fill in the stomach, thereby, leading to gas.

-  Artificial sweeteners such as Sorbitol should be avoided as these are difficult to digest and can easily lead to a feeling of bloating. 

However, all the pains might not be due to gas and could be a sign of something serious. These could be:

- Lactose intolerance: This is the inability to digest milk and milk products. The sugar in the milk known as lactose and cannot be digested easily. 

- Irritable bowel syndrome: People who suffer from pain in the lower abdomen constantly might be suffering from IBS.

- Colon cancer: If the pain lasts too long then getting a screening done is a good idea to rule out if one is suffering from colon cancer or not.

- Upper gastrointestinal disorders: If one gets belching occasionally then it is alright but constant belching might be a sign of gastrointestinal disorder in the upper tract. These could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastroparesis, or peptic ulcers.
 

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Expired Medicines - What To Check Before Throwing Them Away?

Dr.Prashant Dwivedi 92% (86ratings)
MBBS,DNB ( Internal medicine),MNAMS,RCOPD
General Physician, Faizabad
Expired Medicines - What To Check Before Throwing Them Away?

When it comes to health, there is no taking a chance. Most of us are in the habit of storing some medicines at home, which could come in handy, say for a headache or an acidity attack. However, these often remain in the medicine kit for a long time before they are actually used. So, finally when the day arrives when there is an actual need for it, we are not sure if it is still usable. The one thing we dread is the use of a medicine, which is past its expiry date.

What if there is an adverse event? What if there is a complication or a side effect?
Then, if we are not in a position to get a fresh pill, we would rather endure the pain or acidity than pop that outdated pill. Is it really prudent to do so? I say otherwise. Most medicines have the expiry date to indicate the date or time, until when the drug would have the most potency and efficacy. Meaning to say, the drug may become weak (take longer to act or may require more of the drug to produce the same effect) when taken after the listed expiry date.

The truth is that most pharma companies list a date, which could be months, if not years, ahead of the actual expiry date. In reality, a drug never really expires. Most medicines can be used up to a few months after this date. Some medicines may even be useful after years of their expiry date.

It depends as to what the medicine is for:

  1. Painkillers are usually harmless to take beyond the expiry date. If there is no effect (even prolonged), then try to get a fresh one.
  2. Chronic medications like anti-hypertensives and anti-diabetic medications can be used up to a few months at the most, not beyond. Make sure to monitor readings to check for the efficacy. Often times, a greater dose may be required to get the desired effect, but this should not be done without medical supervision.
  3. Biologic products like EpiPen, eye drops or injectable substances should not be used, if they are cloudy. In fact, most of these should be kept for a very short period after opening.
  4. With any expired medicine, keep your doctor posted, especially your chronic meds to seek further advice and information.

The place and the way the drug is stored also may help in retaining its strength. A drug stored in the fridge is safer than something stashed away in a cupboard with a lot of other things. Keep these in mind, and take a call!

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Tips To Treat Digestion Problems!

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
Ayurvedic Doctor, Ghaziabad
Tips To Treat  Digestion Problems!

Those who have some digestion issue like gas, acidity etc should take cumin seeds two spoon boil in half litre of water for 3 to 5 minutes and use this water for drinking in divided dose two to four times a day it will help and solve all basic digestion issue. 

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Gastric Problems - Effective Ways To Deal With Them!

Dr.Sunaina Rohatgi 91% (107ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Delhi
Gastric Problems - Effective Ways To Deal With Them!

Excessive gas can be defined as bloating, belching, flatulence and burping. It does not matter what you call it but what matters is how you treat it and get relieved from the embarrassing symptoms. 

Here are some ways in which you can avoid gastric problems:

1. Avoid eating foods that can cause gas or acidity. The vegetables which are known to cause acidity are Brussels, onions, garlic and broccoli; dairy products like cheese, milk, ice cream and whole grains can cause acidity. The reason is that these products have fiber, starch and sugar which cannot be digested easily thus causing pain in the intestines. Fruit which contains sorbitol and aerated drinks should also be avoided. Eat everything but in moderation.

2. Avoid drinking before meals as the stomach acids are lost and the food cannot be digested well. Water and liquids should be had half an hour after a meal for better digestion.

3. Food should be eaten slowly. Eating and drinking fast allows a lot of air to go in the stomach with the food. This, in turn, can cause stomach pain.

4. Over the counter, drugs can be taken for immediate help in digestion. These medicines contain enzymes which aid in digestion. The enzyme works to dissolve the sugar that is found in many vegetable and fruit.

5. Do not fill air in the stomach. Some habits like chewing gum, drinking from a straw, smoking causes the air to fill in the stomach, thereby, leading to gas.

6. Artificial sweeteners such as Sorbitol should be avoided as these are difficult to digest and can easily lead to a feeling of bloating. 

However, all the pains might not be due to gas and could be a sign of something serious. These could be:

1. Lactose intolerance: This is the inability to digest milk and milk products. The sugar in the milk known as lactose and cannot be digested easily. 

2. Irritable bowel syndrome: People who suffer with pain in the lower abdomen constantly might be suffering from IBS.

3. Colon cancer: If the pain lasts too long then getting a screening done is a good idea to rule out if one is suffering from colon cancer or not.

4. Upper gastrointestinal disorders: If one gets belching occasionally then it is alright but constant belching might be a sign of gastrointestinal disorder in the upper tract. These could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastroparesis, or peptic ulcers.
 

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Acidity And Stomach Problem - How Can Homeopathy Subdue Them?

Dr.Rushali Angchekar 96% (81746ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Sindhudurg
Acidity And Stomach Problem - How Can Homeopathy Subdue Them?

Acidity is an extremely common condition that mostly affects people who consume spicy, oily foods and/or alcohol. Acidity occurs due to excess production of acids in the stomach. Normally, the food we consume passes down the oesophagus into the stomach. The gastric glands produce the acid that helps in digestion. Acidity occurs when excess or a large amount of acid is produced in the stomach. This condition is caused due to factors like poor eating habits, irregular lifestyle, lack of physical activities etc.

The condition is characterized by symptoms such as heartburn, burning sensation around the chest and in the stomach, vomiting, nausea and restlessness.

Acidity often leads to other stomach disorders like-

  1. Esophagitis- When the acid in your stomach repeatedly comes in contact with the oesophageal lining, it causes injury including ulcers.
  2. Barrett’s oesophagus- Damage from acidity causes abnormal changes in the lining of the oesophagus. The cells that are normally found in the lining of the oesophagus get replaced with similar cells not found in the esophagus. This condition is found in about 10% of the people who have chronic Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease (GERD), more commonly known as acid reflux disorder.
  3. Gastritis- This occurs when the stomach lining becomes swollen or inflamed. This condition can last for a short span of time or can last for even years.

How homeopathy plays a role in treating acidity and stomach problems-
When anything goes wrong with your stomach or digestive system, it’s a clear indication that something is inherently out of order and that your body needs instant help. Homeopathy cures both acidity and other stomach problems. This branch of medicine uses natural remedies that not only help you get rid of stomach disorders, but also eliminates the factors causing such conditions from their roots. The most common drugs used for treating acidity and related stomach disorders are- Nux vomica, Arsenicum album, Natrum carbonicum. These help reduce symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, burning sensation, abdominal pain and chest pain. Homeopathy medications have zero side effects and are completely safe. Moreover, the natural substances used in homeopathic treatment benefit your health immensely in the long run.

Digestive problems or stomach disorders can affect any person irrespective of age. Conditions like acidity or acid reflux can be short-term or persistent. Since NSAIDs and other conventional medicines often trigger further complications, it is always advisable to go for safe, natural avenues of treatment such as homeopathy.

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