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  • Writer's pictureDr. Shriniwas Deshpande

Ulcer : Burning pain

A stomach ulcer, also known as a gastric ulcer, is a sore that develops on the lining of the stomach. These ulcers can be caused by a number of factors, including an infection with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption. Symptoms of a stomach ulcer may include burning stomach pain, particularly after spicy intake, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms can be similar to those of other stomach conditions, such as acid reflux or indigestion, so it is important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. The standard treatment for stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori is a combination of antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria, along with medications to reduce stomach acid and promote healing. If the ulcer is caused by the use of NSAIDs, then stopping the medication and taking an acid-reducing medication may be sufficient. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair any damage ulcer has caused. In addition to medication, lifestyle changes can also help to manage symptoms and prevent ulcers from recurring. These changes may include quitting smoking and alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding foods and drinks that can irritate the stomach. It is important to follow the treatment plan and follow up with the doctor to ensure that the ulcer has healed and prevent recurrence.


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