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Stomach ulcers, also known as peptic ulcers can be troublesome things to deal with, as they can affect several areas of your lifestyle. However, although stomach ulcers can occur at virtually any age, it is not certain that you would know it was there, at least until a latter stage of its development.
The main symptom of a stomach ulcer is a burning pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, like bad indigestion or heartburn. Because most people experience these symptoms sometimes, somebody with a stomach ulcer might pass it off as indigestion. Other symptoms include a loss of appetite, loss of weight and nausea and vomiting. The stomach acid eroding the lining of the stomach, thus causing a sore, causes these symptoms.
The preventative measures for a stomach ulcer are all to do with lifestyle. If you smoke, you should cut down or stop, as this is one of the primary causes of stomach ulcers. Drinking alcohol is another contributory factor. If you are a heavy drinker you should cut down, especially on strong drinks such as neat spirits. Dietary factors can also encourage the onset of a peptic ulcer. If you experience bouts of indigestion you should avoid very spicy foods and also those foods that have a high fat content. Also it is better to consume six small meals per day rather than three huge ones, and regular meal times are also good for your stomach. Cutting out caffeine can also help reduce the risk.
There are three main treatments for stomach ulcers. If the ulcer is caused by bacteria, a course of antibiotics can be prescribed to remove the germ. If you have an ulcer it is a good idea to ask for tests for the bacteria if it hasn’t already been done. A second course of treatment involves the prescription of a course of tablets that reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces. The third measure will not get rid of the ulcer normally, but is used to alleviate the pain of the ulcer. It is a prescription of an antacid that is usually drunk to prevent the symptoms of severe heartburn and indigestion.