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How to Treat Duodenal Ulcer

Ulcerous disease is characterized by the occurrence of inflamed defects in the duodenum. Men under 50 years of age are usually affected by the disease. It was right to call this disease an “ulcer”, as it behaves cunningly and can initially hide, and then manifest as a terrible exacerbation.

 

Symptoms of duodenal ulcer

How do you know that you have an ulcer? First of all, pay attention to the upper part of the abdomen – if the disease develops, then this area will be very painful.

Moreover, the symptoms of ulcer may include:

  • Retching, nausea
  • Insufficient defecation
  • “Hunger” pain, especially at night
  • Bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Heartburn after a few hours after meals
  • Irritability
  • Increased appetite.

Remember that sometimes this disease occurs without any symptoms, but it has a number of characteristic properties: it is rhythmic, periodic and seasonal. The disease is associated with food intake, it can greatly exacerbate or completely disappear, and is manifested mainly in autumn and spring.

Painful sensations in the ulcer are usually eliminated or decrease after meals or taking medicinal products protecting the mucosa.

What happens if you do not treat an ulcer? Then the defects will begin to move deeper into the stomach (its walls) and cause a number of complications: for example, bleeding or the appearance of holes in the intestine/stomach.

 

How does the disease appear?

The appearance of an ulcer is “promoted” primarily by the specific microbe Helicobacter pylori. It damages the intestine and stomach mucosa. This microbe can be found in many people, but not everyone has an ulcerative disease. The thing is that the disease can start developing due to a number of the following reasons:

  • Stressful conditions
  • Depression
  • Constant anxiety
  • Hereditary factor
  • Poor-quality food (excessive consumption of spicy and rough food)
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Passion for smoking
  • Off-label use of certain medicines (e.g., aspirin, etc.).

 

What to do to cure an ulcer?

If you notice symptoms of an ulcer, you need to urgently consult a doctor. A specialist will perform an examination and ascertain the presence of the disease. To date, the ulcer can nearly always be cured without surgery.

A doctor can prescribe pharmaceutical treatment aimed at eliminating the microbe, repairing the duodenal mucosa and preventing possible complications. The drug therapy includes medicines such as antibiotics of the 3rd generation that suppress the excessive activity of the gastric acid secretion, rapidly reduce the acidity and leave it at this level for a day.

If the disease is in the process of treatment or at the stage of an exacerbation, doctors recommend keeping a diet that limits the amount of salt consumed and includes eating low-calorie liquid and strained food in boiled (or steamed) form.


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