Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Peptic Ulcer PUD

Peptic ulcer is the medical term used to describe both Gastric Ulcer and Duodenal Ulcer. Ulcer is a sore, a lesion that is open and is fond either on the skin or the parts of the body covered by mucous. A proper lifestyle may reduce the symptoms of a peptic ulcer.

(1) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)

(2) Stress-related mucosal damage (Stress ulcers)

(3) Helicobacter pylori (HP)-associated ulcers

The most typical symptom is that of a gnawing persistent pain in the abdomen especially when the stomach is empty. Most people face a burning pain in the abdomen which also wakes them up in the nights at times.

Loss of appetite (although in the case of duodenal ulcers, it sometimes increases appetite), Belching, Weight loss, a bloated feeling, nausea, Vomiting (which is sometimes even blood), Water brash and melena (unusual and bad smelling feces).

Most people will be prescribed medicines that reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. Quitting smoking and alcohol can better your chances of recovery from peptic ulcer. Use of medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen for a long term may lead to peptic ulcer.

You may never get rid of your Peptic ulcer, but at least you can have a semi-normal life and get out and live some. If you take your medications and go in for regular checkups, then hopefully your ulcer will heal.

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