Peptic ulcers refer to the open sores that occur in the interior of the lining of the stomach, esophagus or upper area of the small intestine. These ulcers often result I abdominal pain. There are three types of peptic ulcers. Gastric ulcers exist inside the stomach while esophageal ulcers occur within the esophagus whereas duodenal ulcers exist in the upper portion of the small intestine.
Causes of Peptic ulcer
Bacterial infection or certain medications are usually responsible for Peptic Ulcer that is caused due to excessive amount of acid that damages the mucous layer that protects the digestive tract. Decreased mucus is also behind this disease that occurs due to Helicobacter pylori bacteria that inflames the inner layer of the stomach resulting in ulcers. Regular use of ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen or other such medications may also trigger peptic ulcer that is more common amongst the elder people that take these medicines. Bisphosphonates and potassium supplements may also aggravate this problem that is caused due to drinks and smoking too.
Why does one get Peptic ulcer
Excessive use of tobacco and alcohol may cause peptic ulcers that can be caused due to the above factors.
Who gets frequent Peptic ulcer
Elder people dependent upon aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other such medications may develop peptic ulcers that may be caused due to above reasons.
Where does one get Peptic ulcer
Peptic Ulcers affect the interior of the lining of the esophagus, stomach or upper area of the small intestine. Open sores often exist in these parts.
Symptoms of Peptic ulcer
Patients suffering from Peptic Ulcers often complain of burning pain that affects anywhere from the navel up to the breastbone. It may become severe when the stomach is empty and give burning sensations at night. This pan may reduce with acid-reducing medicines. It may reoccur after few days or weeks. Nausea, vomiting, dark blood in stools that is usually tarry/black, unreasoned loss of weight and changes in the appetite are also quite common.
Treatment of Peptic ulcer
The doctor may advise blood/breath/stool tests for H. Pylori. Endoscopy and x-ray may also be recommended to examine the upper digestive system. Use of antibiotics may be good. Pantoprazole (Protonix), esomeprazole (Nexium), rabeprazole (Aciphex), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec), ranitidine (Zantac), cimetidine (Tagamet), nizatidine (Axid), famotidine (Pepcid), antacids, misoprostol (Cytotec) and sucralfate (Carafate) etc may also be advised. Doctor must be consulted before taking any medicine.
Role of Ayurveda in treating Peptic ulcer
The Ayurvedic System of Medicine has become the preferred choice of millions of people are benefited with the ayurvedic medicines meant for peptic ulcer and various other diseases. Prepared by mixing the organic ingredients, these medications are free from any side effects.
Nidanam Health Pack
Peptic ulcer and other diseases can be treated effectively with this health pack that is based on the ayurvedic principles. Organic ingredients are used to prepare this wonderful medicine that does affect in any harmful manner. Patients are at no risk with its use. They are advised to take rich diets, control stress avoid tobacco and drinks. Pain relievers should be taken cautiously. Infections should be kept at bay.