Symptoms of ulcer are similar to many other gastrointestinal disorders. Having a knowledge about the potential symptoms is necessary in order to get the condition treated effectively.
Ulcer is a condition when ulcerations or sores develop in the inner lining of the stomach. It is widely believed that only adults suffer from ulcers, which is incorrect. Children can also suffer from ulcers caused due to bacteria known as H. pylori. In case of adults, ulcers can be caused due to alcohol consumption, stress, and having spicy foods. There are different types of ulcers like stomach ulcer (gastric ulcer), duodenal ulcer, esophageal ulcer, etc.
As mentioned above, peptic and stomach ulcer symptoms are similar to the symptoms of many other gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. Therefore, it is essential to be careful and get the condition diagnosed immediately in case any of the following symptoms appear. Abdominal pain is the most significant symptom, but is of specific type. It is experienced below the breast bone and above the navel. Secondly, the pain is prominently experienced in between meals. Following are other symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Burning sensation in stomach
- Loss of appetite
Blood in vomit and stools is one of the characteristic signs of ulcer. In fact, it appears as a complication developed due to ulcer.
Bleeding occurs when the lining of the stomach is damaged. Loss of appetite occurs due to improper eating habits or because of abdominal pain after eating. Apart from this, duodenal ulcer symptoms include narrowing or obstruction in the intestine which prevents food from passing out. These complications develop if the ulcer remains undiagnosed and untreated for a long time. Ulcer complications is an emergency and needs to be treated immediately.
Physical examination, X-ray or MRI, or endoscopy is required to diagnose the condition. Antacids, proton pump inhibitors help in treating stomach ulcers. Antibiotics are also prescribed to get rid of the bacteria. Apart from these, the doctor will prescribe medications to treat other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, etc. In severe cases, if children do not respond to medications, a surgery (Gastrectomy) may be required.
Along with the traditional treatment method, it is also essential to make changes in the lifestyle to prevent ulcers from occurring in the future. It is recommended to avoid hot and spicy food, soda, acidic foods, beverages, etc., until the disease is completely treated, and also for 1-2 weeks after that. You can consult the doctor for a proper gastrectomy diet.
Lastly, one should remember that all types of ulcers can be effectively treated if proper treatment is undertaken. Therefore, one should not ignore any symptoms, but consult the doctor as soon as possible. Take care!
Disclaimer: This article is meant only to provide information. It is not to be used as a substitute for doctor’s consultation and proper treatment.