Stomach Ulcers 101: Basic Information

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Have you ever felt suddenly uncomfortable or in pain in between meals? Do you feel discomfort, bloating and nausea even when you’re full? Maybe you’re suffering from stomach ulcers.


Causes
Ano ba ang ulcers? Ulcers or specifically, peptic ulcers ang tawag sa painful sores that line the stomach or the first part of the small intestine. Though there is no single cause for ulcers, it is primarily caused by a bacterial infection (Helicobacter pylori) and can be aggravated by risks, such as:

  • Use of painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Smoking

Ulcers can be common, and studies show that around 1 out of 10 people can be affected by ulcers at some point in their lives. Bata man o matanda, pwede makaranas ng stomach ulcers.


Treatment
Stomach ulcers can be easily treated by prescription medicine. Maaaring maging severe ang ulcers pag hinahayaan lang, and can lead to more serious complications in the future. Make sure to see your doctor for proper treatment if you think you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Burning stomach pain
  • Feeling of fullness, bloating or belching
  • Fatty food intolerance
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea


Sources:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/peptic-ulcer/Pages/Introduction.aspx
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peptic-ulcer/symptoms-causes/dxc-20231407
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-peptic-ulcer-disease
http://www.healthline.com/health/stomach-ulcer#Symptoms3