Stomach or small intestine ulcers are open lesions on the mucous membrane. Esophageal sores are also possible (throat). The small intestine is the most common site of ulcers. Duodenal ulcers are the medical term for these sores. 

Two categories of Ulcers: 

  • A gastric ulcer is a sore on the stomach from the gut lining and gastric acids covered in this substance become inflamed. 
  • An ulcer in the duodenum. The small intestine, which is responsible for digesting and absorbing the majority of the food you consume, is home to this structure. 

Ulcers can affect anyone at any age, but the likelihood increases with age. Peptic ulcers are caused by a variety of factors. 

When stomach or small intestine walls are damaged by digestive juices, ulcers occur. Your gastrointestinal tract will be affected if the mucus layer becomes too thin or if your stomach secretes too much acid. The following are the most important contributing factors: 

  • Bacteria

Most people with H. pylori infection do not develop ulcers. As many as half of us carry Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). The protective mucus layer may be broken down and the digestive tract irritated in some people, but not all. Exactly how H. pylori spreads is unknown. They believe that close contact, such as kissing, can spread the disease. Unsanitary food and water can potentially be a source of the disease. 

  • Some types of analgesics

When taking aspirin often and for an extended period of time, the risk of developing a peptic ulcer increases. Other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are in the same boat (NSAIDs). Naproxen and ibuprofen are two examples. These drugs prevent your body from producing a substance that helps protect the stomach and small intestine walls from acid damage. Acetaminophen, for example, does not cause peptic ulcers when used as a pain reliever. 

  • Ulcers are more likely to develop if you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. 

Ulcers aren’t caused by stress or consuming a lot of spicy food, as was previously thought. But ulcers can become more severe and difficult to treat as a result.

We used to blame peptic ulcers on things like stress and food, but a new study shows that the most likely causes are bacteria in the stomach or heavy use of NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen. Bacteria or NSAIDs can damage the mucus in the stomach, exposing the stomach’s inside to acid, which irritates the tissue and produces ulceration. Acidic stomach ulcers can be extremely difficult to treat because of frequent contact with stomach acid. If an infection (typically H. pylori) is to blame for the peptic ulcer, a doctor can order testing and then prescribe antibiotics to treat the condition.   

What can help you? 

A proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is a medication commonly administered to lower stomach acid. Ulcers, if left untreated, can be painful and cause bleeding, which can lead to anemia. 

Your stomach or upper portion of your small intestine may be inflamed if you notice open sores. This occurs as a result of stomach acids eroding the mucus lining of the digestive tract.  It is possible that you will not experience any symptoms at all, or that you could experience pain or discomfort. Internal bleeding caused by peptic ulcers may necessitate blood transfusions in the hospital. 

 When you visit Doral Health and Wellness Gastroenterology Center, we believe in providing cutting-edge technology, polite professionals, and a welcoming environment to help you with your digestive problems. At Doral Health and Wellness, the experts can take care of your gut. Here are the services provided at Doral Health and Wellness 

  • Colonoscopy
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Celiac Disease Treatment
  • Sigmoidoscopy 
  • Endoscopy

At Doral Health and Wellness, we have doctors that can help you manage your condition. For more information, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11212, or call us on 1-347-384-5690 or 1-347-868-1016. You can also visit our website at https://doralhw.org or contact us at info@doralhw.org if you have any queries.