Stomach ulcers are holes or a loss of tissue in the lining of the stomach or the duodenum. Duodenal ulcers are the most common, the symptoms for this type of ulcer is recurrent upper abdominal pain and a bloated feeling after eating. People usually suffer from them as they get older. The next most common are gastric ulcers, these develop in the stomach. Stomach ulcers are easily treated and are often cured with antibiotics, it is important that they are monitored and controlled so consult your doctor if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms:
Burning upper abdominal pain
Black or bloody stools.
Researchers have still not found out why the stomach lining is not able to withstand the acidic digestive juices that cause ulcers. Some believe that they occur because of stress, poor diet or that it is hereditary and that these influences contribute to a build up of these stomach acids that erode the protective lining of the stomach, oesophagus or duodenum. While others believe that it is bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. To prevent an ulcer a person should avoid analgesics, drinking alcohol and smoking as they are all triggers. Your doctor will be able to perform a test to help diagnose whether or not you are suffering from ulcers.
Try take the following supplements of Vitamin A, B6, E, magnesium and zinc as they may help the condition. It is important that you consult your doctor before using any supplements.
Try not to drink to much milk, ask your pharmacist about which antacids and pain relievers are suitable for your condition and do not overdose on iron supplements. You should also learn how to handle stress.
Eat foods that contain a high fibre content, practice moderation in food and alcohol consumption, avoid foods that irritate your stomach and stop smoking.
When to seek further professional advice
As soon as you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above or you develop a severe back ache, vomit blood or become cold and clammy.
Before using any alternative remedies you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and medical treatment. You can then use alternative treatments to help with any persistent symptoms. Herbalist often recommend using liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) as it helps stimulate mucous secretion by the stomach and is often used in herbal treatments for ulcers, however this treatment should be supervised.
Doctors often use medication to treat mild to moderate ulcers and if bacteria has caused the ulcer he will prescribe an antibiotic. If ulcers are recurrent and severe and do not respond to any medication, then surgery may be necessary. Your doctor will try to control the digestive juices and strengthen the lining of the stomach, however surgery is less of an ordeal these days.
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