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Ulcer - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Although ulcer in the small intestine and stomach are common in our modern society, but there are no clear evidence to suggest that just fast food and stress are the main reasons for this disease. About one out of every ten citizens globally will suffer from the gnawing and burning sensation of abdominal pain because of ulcer at some point in life.

Peptic ulcers are breaks or holes in the protective lining of the stomach or the duodenum. Areas that come in contact with enzymes and acids that are secreted by the stomach. It has been noticed, that duodenal ulcers are more common than stomach ulcers. Comparatively rare, esophageal ulcers, which forms in the esophagus (swallowing tube) are often the result of alcohol abuse or exposure to medications like certain anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics.

While secretion of excess stomach acids indeed plays a role in development of this disease, in a recent research on ulcers, it has also been found that bacterial infection is the main cause of peptic ulcers. Nevertheless, since mid-1980s there were medical evidences that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria is present in more than 80% of stomach ulcers and in 90% of duodenal ulcers. There are also studies that shows that stomach ulcers are more common in aged people. This may happen because arthritis is a disease that develops mostly in older people, and alleviating the arthritic pain calls for taking daily doses of ibuprofen and aspirin. Another factor that makes ulcers a common disease among the older people is because with advancing age the valve between the stomach and the duodenum (pylorus) relaxes, which allows excess bile juice to seep up into the stomach which in turn erodes the lining of the stomach.

It has also been noticed by experts that people with blood group A, are more affected with stomach ulcers, which at times can also get cancerous. While it has also been seen that duodenal ulcers often happens with people with blood type O. As people who are born with this blood group do not produce the substance on their blood, which helps in protecting the lining of their duodenum.

However, the good thing about this illness is that peptic ulcers are easier to treat, and in many cases can be cured with antacids and antibiotics. There are also several drugs that even reduce the amount of acids produced by the stomach.

So if you are suffering from ulcers, its best to consult your physician, as left untreated all ulcers can lead to serious illnesses like anemia and stomach carcinoma.

Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test sometimes required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Belching Pain in chest or upper abdomen. Heartburn, indigestion and nausea,

Popular Health Tips

Stomach Ulcer - Avoiding These 10 Things Can Help You Manage It!

Dr. Parthasarathy G 93% (16 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, M.Ch - Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery, Fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery & Liver Transplantation, International Visiting Scholar
Gastroenterologist, Hyderabad
Stomach Ulcer - Avoiding These 10 Things Can Help You Manage It!
Many times we forget about the importance of our health in the race to pursue our careers and goals. We take our bodies for granted and keep working them without stopping for a breath. While some may have mastered this art, there are many who may not be able to cope with such a lifestyle and may end up falling ill. The most common problem that most people suffer from is stomach upset, gas, or stomach pain, and all of this may be because of not eating right or having irregular eating habits. It is due to such problems that people fall ill and then go to the doctor with a problem that may take much longer to treat. However, if the patient starts to check in with the doctor before the stomach pain worsens, it may be easier to treat because very often the pain arises from stomach ulcers. Ulcers are sores that are caused on the lining of the stomach or the oesophagus or even on the intestines. In serious cases, the sores may cause great damage to the stomach and may lead to much worse issues. However, with the right intake of food, the damage may be controlled in combination with medicines and treatment from experts. Foods to avoid In controlling the spread of stomach ulcers or peptic ulcers, it may be important to know the food that should be avoided so that the medicines and treatments taken for controlling the problem may work better. Here is a list of foods that you should avoid: Hot beverages such as tea, coffee, cocoa and milk should be avoided because they cause acid imbalance in the stomach. Anything that may contain caffeine should also be avoided. Alcohol should be completely avoided by those suffering from peptic ulcers. Citric or sour drinks such as grape or orange drinks should also be avoided for remaining at ease. Any spicy powders or seasonings, such as pepper, chilli powder and garlic should be excluded from the diet. Anything that is made from milk or cream and is extremely fatty in nature should not be consumed. Flavoured cheese that is strong and spicy should not be eaten. Meats that include high levels of fat or those that are highly seasoned should be completely avoided. Chillies or peppers in any form should be kept away from your diet. Anything that is made from tomato should also be avoided, such gravy, sauces or raw tomatoes. When you start to keep your diet clean and healthy, it may be much easier for your doctor to cure you of stomach ulcers.
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Peptic Ulcer - 5 Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Dr. Ranga Sai N V S 86% (10 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Bangalore
Peptic Ulcer - 5 Homeopathic Remedies For It!
Peptic ulcers are sores that develop in the lining of the stomach, lower esophagus, or small intestine (the duodenum), usually as a result of inflammation caused by the bacteria H. pylori, as well as from erosion from stomach acids. Peptic ulcers are a fairly common health problem. Causes Heredity Patients with peptic ulcer often have a family history of the disease, this is particularly so with duodenal ulcers which develop below the age of 20 years. The relatives of chronic ulcer patients have three times the expected number of ulcers. Helicobacter pylori This is the most important etiological factor in peptic ulcer disease, accounting for 90% of duodenal ulcers and 70% of gastric ulcers. By causing gastritis it reduces the resistance of the gastric mucosa to attack be acid and pepsin and a gastric ulcer may result. Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) They damage the gastric mucosal barrier and are an important etiological factor in up to 30% of gastric ulcers. Smoking confers an increased risk of gastric ulcer and to a lesser extent duodenal ulcer. Symptoms Abdominal pain Hunger pain Night pain Episodic pain/ Periodicity Other Symptoms Heartburn Loss of appetite Vomiting Homeopathic Treatment For Peptic Ulcers Homeopathy offers some very good medicines for peptic ulcer disease. But for a homeopath, the symptoms of the disease are much more important than the ulcer itself. This is because to select the right medicine a homeopaths needs to differentiate between the finer presentations of a disease which, vary from person to person. A homeopath not only tries to heal the ulcer but also tries to remove the general predisposition to acquire it. The homeopath not only tries to find What is wrong? , but also Why it went wrong? ; Where it started going wrong? ; How it evolved to the current stage? etc. To find the answers to all these questions, a homeopath tries to gather as much information as possible regarding the pat and present medical history of the patient, his/her family history, his/her general physical and psychological characteristics etc. This hard work on the part of homeopath not only helps in removing the acute symptoms and the ulcer but also is usually able to remove the tendency for relapse. The on-again/off-again nature of the disease is often removed and the general health of the person also improves as a result. Homeopathic Medicines for Stomach Ulcers Argentum Nitricum One of the best Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers with radiating pains Nux Vomica Highly effective among Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers where eating worsens pain Kali Bichromicum One of the most wonderful Homeopathic medicines for ulcers in stomach Lycopodium Clavatum One of the effective Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers with bloated abdomen Carbo Veg One of the known Homeopathic medicines for stomach ulcers In person consultation with a professional homeopathic practitioner is advised!
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Gastritis Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid!

Uphi 86% (32 ratings)
MBBS
Gastroenterologist, Gurgaon
Gastritis Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid!
Many times we forget about the importance of our health in the race to pursue our careers and goals. We take our bodies for granted and keep working them without stopping for a breath. While some may have mastered this art, there are many who may not be able to cope with such a lifestyle and may end up falling ill. The most common problem that most people suffer from is stomach upset, gas, or stomach pain, and all of this may be because of not eating right or having irregular eating habits. It is due to such problems that people fall ill and then go to the doctor with a problem that may take much longer to treat. However, if the patient starts to check in with the doctor before the stomach pain worsens, it may be easier to treat because very often the pain arises from stomach ulcers. Ulcers are sores that are caused on the lining of the stomach or the oesophagus or even on the intestines. In serious cases, the sores may cause great damage to the stomach and may lead to much worse issues. However, with the right intake of food, the damage may be controlled in combination with medicines and treatment from experts. Foods to avoid In controlling the spread of stomach ulcers or peptic ulcers, it may be important to know the food that should be avoided so that the medicines and treatments taken for controlling the problem may work better. Here is a list of foods that you should avoid: Hot beverages such as tea, coffee, cocoa and milk should be avoided because they cause acid imbalance in the stomach. Anything that may contain caffeine should also be avoided. Alcohol should be completely avoided by those suffering from peptic ulcers. Citric or sour drinks such as grape or orange drinks should also be avoided for remaining at ease. Any spicy powders or seasonings, such as pepper, chilli powder and garlic should be excluded from the diet. Anything that is made from milk or cream and is extremely fatty in nature should not be consumed. Flavoured cheese that is strong and spicy should not be eaten. Meats that include high levels of fat or those that are highly seasoned should be completely avoided. Chillies or peppers in any form should be kept away from your diet. Anything that is made from tomato should also be avoided, such gravy, sauces or raw tomatoes. When you start to keep your diet clean and healthy, it may be much easier for your doctor to cure you of stomach ulcers.
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Corneal Ulcer - Can It Lead To Blindness?

Dr. Rajeev Gupta 86% (25 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Ghaziabad
Corneal Ulcer - Can It Lead To Blindness?
Antrior most transparent layer of the eye is called cornea. It is an extremely useful layer for refraction and protection of eye. Any trauma, foreign body or chemical etc can invade the integrity of this layer and can be invaded by bacteria, fungus or virus, resulting in the corneal ulcer. Sometimes, due to hypoxia induced by contact lenses too can result in a corneal ulcer. Depending on clinical presentation, a doctor diagnoses the cause of the ulcer and start the therapy. Since the transparency of cornea is very important, a doctor starts very intensive therapy. With repeated frequent checkups if a proper and intensive therapy is not given, the ulcer can progress and can cause collection of pus in the anterior chamber which if not attended properly, can cause the infection to travel into the interior of the eyeball (vitreous chamber) resulting in total blindness. The ulcer can become deeper and lead to perforation of the cornea, causing severe damage to the eye and may require removal of pus (evisceration) or total removal of the eye ball. Generally, fungal ulcers are more dangerous and occur mostly in rainy season. It is imperative that a case of corneal ulcer is diagnosed promptly and very intensive treatment proper treatment is given to save the disfigurement of the eye and total irreparable blindness. At times we have not only to give topical drops but oral therapy has to be given. Injections in the eye have to be given. Culture sensitivity has to be done in severe cases to identify the causative organism. In extremely severe cases, we have to perform, therapeutic keratoplasty. Conclusion: Corneal Ulcer is a serious challenging problem with the potentiality to cause total and irreparable blindness and must be attended promptly by a very expert ophthalmologist to save the eye.
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Tongue Ulcer Treatment in Hindi - जीभ के छाले का इलाज

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Tongue Ulcer Treatment in Hindi - जीभ के छाले का इलाज
जीभ पर होने वाले छाले को काफी हद तक माउथ अल्सर का ही एक रूप मान सकते हैं. इसमें भी उसी तरह के छाले होते हैं. वैसी ही जलन और परेशानियों का सामना करना पड़ता है. इसके लक्षण भी आसानी से नजर आ जाते हैं इसलिए उपचार में आसानी होती है. मसालेदार या तीखा भोजन करने पर मुंह में तेज जलन होने लगती है. इसके अलावा जीभ पर फोड़े हो जाते हैं. ऐसे में इसके उपचार में लापरवाही न बरतें. आइए इन छालों के प्रकार और उपचार के बारे में विस्तृत जानकारी प्राप्त करते हैं. जीभ पर होने वाले छाले के कुछ उपचार हम आपको बता देते हैं जिससे आप राहत महसूस करेंगे. तीन प्रकार का होता है जीभ के छाले 1. गंभीर छाले जैसा कि नाम से ही स्पष्ट है कि आमतौर से होने वाले छाले से आकार में बड़ा होता है. आपको बता दें कि ये गंभीर छाले 10 में से 1 व्यक्ति को ही होता है. लेकिन जब आपको पता चले कि आपको गंभीर छाले है तो तुरंत किसी अच्छे डॉक्टर से संपर्क करना चाहिए. 2. सामान्य छाले छाले से पीड़ित होने वाले ज्यादातर लोग सामान्य छाले से ही प्रभावित होते हैं. इसके नाम से भी स्पष्ट है कि ये आकर में ज्यादा बड़ा नहीं होता है और लगभग 10 दिन में ठीक भी हो जाता है. 3. हेरपेटीफॉर्म छाले हेरपेटीफॉर्म छाले का दूसरा नाम पिनप्वाइंट छाले भी है. ये लगभग 3 मिमी आकार का होता है. आमतौर पर 10 से 40 वर्ष के आयुवर्ग के बीच होने वाले इस छाले से मात्र 10 प्रतिशत लोग ही प्रभावित हैं. ये बच्चों और बूढों में न के बराबर ही होता है. ये हैं जीभ के छालों के मुख्य लक्षण 1. जीभ पर छाले होने से खाते और पीते समय बहुत ज्यादा दर्द होता है. 2. व्यवहार में चिडचिड़ापन आने लगता है. 3. आपको हमेशा लगेगा कि आप थके हुए हैं. 4. मुंह के घाव में लालपन नजर आने लगता है. कैसे करें उपचार 1. जीभ के छाले से पीड़ित मरीजों को को खाने में विटामिन-सी का प्रयोग करना चाहिए. इसके लिए आप दो-तीन गिलास संतरे का जूस प्रतिदिन पिएं. आप टमाटर से भी विटामिन सी प्राप्त कर सकते हैं. 2. जितना हो सके ज्यादा मसालेदार और तले-भुने खाद्य पदार्थों से परहेज करें. 3. इसमें आपको ज्यादा से ज्यादा मात्रा में फलों का सेवन करना चाहिए और खूब पानी पीना चाहिए. 4. जितना हो सके हरी सब्जियों का भरपूर सेवन करने से लाभ मिलता है. 5. यदि आप खाना खाते समय खाने में कच्चे प्याज का इस्तेमाल करें तो और बेहतर होगा. 6. जीभ के छाले के पीड़ितों को दूध से बने खाद्य पदार्थों जैसे कि दही, बटर मिल्क और पनीर आदि इतेमाल में लाना चाहिए. 7. मांसाहारी भोजन अम्लीय स्वभाव का होता है इसलिए मुंह के छाले पीड़ितों को इसके इस्तेमाल से बचना चाहिए. 8. जीभ की सिकाई करने के लिए आपको दिन में दो से तीन बार तक गरारा करना चाहिए. 9. सबके घरों में आसानी से उपलब्ध तुलसी के कुछ पत्ते चबाने से भी राहत मिलती है. 11. ऐसे पदार्थ जिन्हें खाने से मुंह में जलन होने या दांतों में फंसने की संभावना हो, उसे खाने से बचना चाहिए. जैस आपको छाले के ठीक होने तक मदिरा तथा चॉकलेट से दूर रहना चाहिए. 12. छाले में जलन कम करने के लिए ग्लिसरीन में हल्दी का पाउडर मिलाकर उससे छाले वाली जगह पर धीरे-धीरे मालिश करें. इसके करीब 15-20 मिनट बाद इसे साफ कर लें. 13. एक उपाय ये भी है कि एक कप पानी में एक चम्मच धनिया पाउडर मिलाकर उबाले. इसके बाद जब पानी ठंडा हो जाए तो उससे दिन में दो से तीन बार गरारे करने से भी राहत मिलती है. 14. पानी की कुछ बूंदों में एक चम्मच बेकिंग सोडा के साथ मिलाएं और उसे छाले वाली जगह पर दो-तीन बार लगायें और 15 मिनट बाद उसे अच्छे से साफ कर लें. 15. खाना खाने के बाद हर्बल चाय पिने से भी जीभ के छाले में आराम मिलता है.
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Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from stomach pain reason I am also ulcer patient, now every morning I feel vomiting sense and gastric problem, how can I clear this problem.

Dr. Nash Kamdin 95% (3530 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Dear lybrate-user, -Follow dietary precautions like avoid fried, spicy & junk foods, chew your food well, have meals on time, do not skip meals, have medicines on time as advised by your doctor - consult a gastroenterologist as to ascertain the cause of pain by investigations & if any change in medication is required to cure your symptoms.

Doctor, my father is 57 year old. He has a problem of linear antral ulcer problem. Due to ulcer pain he is not taking food properly and become too weak. I want to known which is best treatment for this homeopathic or allopathic. kindly suggest me.

Dr. Jitendra Agrawal 91% (1405 ratings)
MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Kanpur
consult a gastrointestinal doctor in your area, take cap PAN-L 1BD and syp sparacid 3tsf tds by the time, and take blend diet, avoid tea, coffee alcohol and tobacco in any form absolutely. Allopathic treatment is best for this.

Hi, I am 29 years old male and I having severe stomach pain due to ulcer/gastric problem. It gives me great discomfort and disturbing my day to day activities. Also my tummy size increased a lot (30 inch to 34 inch now) because of this. I used few medicines like PAND, OMEZ etc. On an empty stomach, but they give only temporary relief. Kindly suggest me on the medicines/diet I should follow to get rid of this ulcer problem. Thanks, Dileep.

Dr. S.K. Tandon 96% (11842 ratings)
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Please take cap. Levkool R one daily empty stomach for long time 45 days. Take small frequent bland meal and chew well. Take fruits in between meal.
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I have oral ulcer for more than a year, it's on my right side tongue, I can't able to chew anything in that side even a little amount of food. Gimme a valuable solution for it. Thank you.

Dr. Vp Trivedi 87% (405 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Biopsy test is required for it there after go for any treatment. It may be cancerous so it must be ruled out first.

2 years back I had sudden black tarry stools after eating non veg from outside. Dr. prescribed antacids and niacin which didn't work and after 2 month I visited Dr. for endoscopy which resulted nothing but my symptoms were remained same. Now after almost 2 years back again I had same black terry motion and have same symptoms as I have ulcer. What to do please advise? My major symptoms are feeling hungry after couple of hours, indigestion, nausea sometimes, passing excessive amount of smelly wind with distinct odor specially after eating, weight loss, lazy most of the time.

Dr. Santosh Mishra 91% (122 ratings)
MBBS, afih
General Physician, Cuttack
Dear at the outset pls get a haemoglobin done along with blood sugar. A stool occult blood to confirm the presence of blood tests n stool. Afterwards a gastroenterology consultation is needed. Mean while a aristozyme syp to start for digestion with a pan d as antacid. Regularize the diet with more fruits and fibre and sufficient fluids. Hope this helps.

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