Ulcer

Ulcer
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An ulcer is a disruption of the mucous membrane of the stomach, as a result of the effects of hydrochloric acid and bile, which provoke occurrence of trophic areas.
Ulcer can be caused by Helicobacter Pylori infection. If the bacteria get into the stomach and multiply there for a long time, the mucous membrane becomes inflamed and, as a consequence, an ulcer can occur.
In addition, frequent uncontrolled use of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs can have a negative effect on the gastric mucosal barrier.

 

Symptoms of an ulcer

  • pain in the upper abdomen, which especially worsens at night
  • nausea, vomiting, weakness
  • bloating in the stomach
  • heaviness after meals

Diagnosing an ulcer

An experienced gastroenterologist should be consulted to make a diagnosis and prescribe an effective treatment. In addition to a standard examination and collection of anamnesis, the specialist will prescribe an endoscopy (gastroscopy). After examining the stomach from the inside with a gastroscope, a final diagnosis can be made.

 

Treating an ulcer

Not only does an ulcer cause physical discomfort, but it can also have very serious complications, up to and including death, if it is not treated in time. Only a doctor can determine which medication the patient needs, depending on the causes of the ulcer. This may include acid-suppressing drugs, antibiotics to kill the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria, and anti-inflammatory drugs. A special sparing diet is also indicated, avoiding fatty, fried, spicy and sour foods.
Self-treatment under no circumstances should be undertaken, as you could not only waste valuable time but also aggravate the condition by provoking a complication.
If you experience symptoms similar to those of a stomach ulcer, see a gastroenterologist for examination and treatment.

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