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Prevention of Ulcer

By now we all know what causes Peptic ulcer. Let me recap for you the factors that contribute to peptic ulcer. They are,

  • Genetic – A definitive family history of having Ulcer
  • Excessive alcohol (drinking) and Smoking
  • Use of drugs not prescribed by doctors – Improper dose of antibiotics, painkillers, steroids and blood thinners (aspirin)
  • Infection of Helicobacterium Pylori is also supposed to cause Ulcers.
  • Prolonged illness can also cause stomach ulcer. This is called Stress Stomach Ulcer.
  • Overage – Risk of Ulcer increases with age. Generally it is said that people over 50 have more risk of Peptic Ulcer.

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Diagnosis of Ulcer

In the last post we emphasized the need to rule out any heart related ailments if you have crossed 35 years of age and if your pain is more on the upper left side of the body closer to where your heart is. And we also added that if you have a family history of heart attack, hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes, and over and above if you also drink and smoke, then you get yourself checked for any heart related ailments first.

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Symptoms of Ulcer

Every ailment has a moderate start and peptic ulcers are no exception to the rule. 90% of the people present themselves to the doctor only after complaining of pain. The pain could either be mild / dull or intense or a rather slowly progressing pain on the upper abdomen area. Generally a feeling of a heart burn should ring alarm bells. More clearly, if there is a burning sensation or pain somewhere in between the chest and the belly button; it can be signs of ulcer. The burning sensation or pain either lasts for few minutes or can last for few hours. This sensation of course can recur.

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