Causes and Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer Disease

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Peptic ulcer is a common acid –related disease among people especially those with stressful life. It is important to know about the facts surrounding this disease to prevent from severe conditions of the stomach that could lead to other complications.

Causes and Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer Disease

Causes of Peptic Ulcers

Eating spicy food causes stomach acids which help develop peptic ulcers.

Stomach infected with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. It is a spiral-shaped bacteria living in the acidic environment of the stomach.

Improper eating habits and stressful lifestyle. Because of so many activities at hand, most people tend to ignore proper eating habits. Some skip breakfast or an important meal then eat a full meal when they are already hungry. For a longer period of time, a Peptic ulcer may develop because of this poor eating habits.

Long-term use of certain medicines such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines including mefenamic acid, aspirin, and oral steroids results to further development of Peptic ulcers. These medicines reduces the protection of the stomach lining against the damage of the stomach acid.

Other causes includes cancerous tumors in the stomach and pancreas.

Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers

Abdominal discomfort for several days or weeks

Poor appetite and sudden weight loss

Bloating and nausea

Vomiting

When to consult a Doctor?

Seek immediate consultation if the symptoms includes sharp, sudden, persistent stomach pain, bloody or black stool, and a bloody vomit. These may cause already a complications such as perforation, bleeding, or obstruction inside the stomach. An Endoscopy is one of the major test to determine Peptic ulcers which uses an endoscope instrument, a thin, lighted tube with a tiny camera on the end. It would help in seeing the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum condition.

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