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What are Ulcers? by Your Marque Team

An ulcer occurs in the digestive tract. The digestive tract has a membrane that protects it against acids that enter your body. When the membrane becomes thin or worn away the acid is able to seep through and create a painful sore.

The most common causes of ulcers are from a bacteria known as H-Pylori and from an imbalance of fluids in your stomach. Painkillers, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, and excess acid production are all common factors that can increase your chances for ulcers.

Common Symptoms:

  • Burning stomach pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Dark stool
  • Weight loss
  • Appetite changes

 
Please consult your physician if any of these symptoms occur. Steps to treat you include: OTC antacids (Zantac, Prilosec, Tums), eliminating the substances that may have caused the ulcers, or in extreme cases an upper endoscopy may be required. Upper endoscopy also known as EGD. It’s a procedure in which a thin scope with a light and a camera at its tip is used to look inside the upper digestive tract. (ie: esophagus, stomach, first part of small intestine) called the duodenum.

Ulcer Prevention:

  • Easy on the NASID’s  (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Stress management
  • Other steps:
  1. Don’t smoke. People who smoke are more likely to develop ulcers.
  2. Don’t drink. Cut back on drinking or skip it all together.
  3. Be physically active. Studies prove physical activity reduces risk of ulcers.
  4. Take antacids as directed.

 
The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.