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Ulcers, Peptic


Ulcers, Peptic: Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your esophagus, stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is a burning or gnawing pain in the centre of the stomach. Both stomach and duodenal ulcers are sometimes referred to as peptic ulcers.
 
Peptic ulcers that occur on the inside of the stomach are called gastric ulcers. Peptic ulcers that occur inside the hollow tube (esophagus) where food travels from your throat to your stomach are called esophageal ulcers. Peptic ulcers that affect the inside of the upper portion of your small intestine (duodenum) are called duodenal ulcers.
 
It is a myth that spicy foods or a stressful job can cause peptic ulcers. Doctors now know that a bacterial infection or some medications and not stress or diet cause most peptic ulcers.
 
Seek urgent medical advice if you experience any of the following symptoms:
  •         vomiting blood – the blood can appear bright red or have a dark brown, grainy appearance similar to coffee grounds
  •         passing black tar-like stools
  •         a sudden, sharp pain in your stomach that gets steadily worse and does not improve
You should always visit your doctor if you suspect you have a stomach ulcer.
 

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies
    


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