Causes and symptoms of peptic ulcer

Causes and symptoms of peptic ulcer
June 17 17:47 2016 Print This Article

peptic ulcerThere is a common saying that ‘health is wealth’ and everyone can understand the relevance of the saying when any health problem appears in their life. The human body acts like a machine and health problems are sure to appear if a single part of the body start to misbehave. But the present time, the proportion of people having health problem is increasing a lot and in the root of the problem, there is the reason of changing lifestyle. In the past few years, people’s food habit has gone through a sea change for which a large number of people are affected with the disease of the ulcer.

What is an ulcer?

An Ulcer is an open sore either on an internal or external surface of the body. It is mainly caused by the split in the mucous membrane that protects the stomach from digestive juices fails to repair itself. Ulcer can appear in various forms. It can appear in the form of small, hurting sores in the mouth or in the form of bedsores and as the serious lesions of the intestine or stomach. A Stomach ulcer is the most prominent mark of peptic ulcer disease. And this peptic ulcer is called the gastric ulcer.

Causes of peptic ulcer

There are two main reasons behind the formation of the peptic ulcer. The reasons are-

  • Infection with Helicobacter pylori  (H. pylori) bacteria
  • Long-term use of non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen, aspirin, and ibuprofen.

Along with these two reasons, some other major factors that enhance the process of formation peptic ulcer are

  • Excessive formation of acid in the stomach (hyperacidity) that may be caused due to genetic heredity or lifestyle
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a rare disease due to which the stomach produces excessive acid
  • Excessive smoking
  • Hypercalcemia (overproduction of calcium)
  • Frequent use of steroids (especially those to treat asthma)
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol


The risk of the disease is higher if you gave a genetic history of having an ulcer and when you are above the age of 50.


Symptoms of peptic ulcer

peptic ulcer1Once you are affected with peptic ulcer, some symptoms are sure to appear in your body. The impacts depend on the severity of the ulcer.

The most prominent symptom of an ulcer is having a pain and burning sensation in the area between the chest and the belly button, most of the time the feeling of the pain is more intense when the stomach is empty. Once the pain arises, it can last for even few hours.

The other major symptoms are

  • Weight loss
  • Tedious pain in the stomach
  • Tendency to vomit
  • No urge to eat because of the stomach pain
  • Bloating
  • A burning sensation in the heart

The pain improves after you have food, drink and antacids.

Ways to get rid of peptic ulcer
There are particular treatments following which peptic ulcer can be controlled. A person’s food habit takes the greatest role in it. To control your peptic ulcer it is quite important not to let the stomach empty, junk food and spicy food must be avoided. Drinking a large amount of water will help to improve the condition. And the proper medication is quite important as it is the ultimate solution.

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Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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