Stomach Ulcers Symptoms And Causes

Stomach ulcers or peptic ulcers, are medical conditions causing acids to break down the digestive tract's protective layer of mucus.
By: Kearney Medical Group
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Sept. 8, 2021 - PRLog -- Per Dr. James Kearney, and Jarrod Kearney PA-C. Primary Care, Internal Medicine serving the medical needs of the  Melbourne Fl. area.

Types of Stomach Ulcers

There are two kinds of peptic ulcers: gastric and duodenal. The first type, gastric ulcer, occurs on the lining of the stomach. The second type, duodenal ulcer, affects the top of the small intestine. (This organ digests and absorbs most of the food that people consume.)

Unlike other conditions, just about anybody is at risk for developing an ulcer. An ulcer can occur at any age. Although, the chances of getting an ulcer do increase as people getting older.

Stomach Ulcers Causes

An ulcer forms when the stomach's digestive juices damage the wall of the stomach itself or the small intestine. When the layers become too thin and/or the stomach produces too much acid, either is generally felt. There are two principal causes of ulcers: bacteria and pain relievers. Medical experts aren't sure how ulcers are developed from bacteria, but they might come from unclean food and water. (Or, even from bacteria being passed by close interpersonal contact, such as kissing.)

Also, certain pain relievers, like aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, include ibuprofen and naproxen, which block the body from producing a chemical that protects the inner digestive system walls.

Additionally, smoking and alcohol, are contributing factors to developing ulcers. However, stress and spicy foods are not causes of ulcers, though this was once thought to be a cause. Although, stress and spicy foods can irritate ulcers or make them harder to treat.

Stomach Ulcers Symptoms

Stomach ulcers can cause a number of issues to occur. Some pain might last just a few minutes but can last for hours. Also, the symptoms might come and go, lasting for days or even weeks. The most common symptoms are: bloating, belching, appetite loss, weight loss, halitosis (or bad breath), nausea, dark poop, bloody poop, and vomiting.

Stomach Ulcer Treatment

Ulcers can actually heal on their own. But, if left untreated, most will return. Anyone who suffers from the above-listed symptoms should see their doctor right away. Generally, antibiotics will be prescribed, but treatment could also include antacids, and/or other prescription medication.

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