There are diseases or bodily infections left undiscovered until it becomes worse.

One of these is a sore experienced in the lining or skin of your stomach, small intestine, and lower esophagus – this sore is what experts call Peptic Ulcer.

In an interview with Gastroenterologist Dr. Angela Salvaña for ManilaMed Health Line’s episode on Peptic Ulcer Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors, she further explained this disease.

Here are quick facts about Peptic Ulcer that you need to know:

  • Peptic Ulcer can be inherited genetically

There are cases that Peptic ulcer can be genetically passed down, especially when your relatives have Zollinger-Ellison syndrome – a hormonal imbalance which affects your pancreas or the upper part of your small intestine.

  • Elderly’s with 60 years of age and up  are more prone to this disease

Seniors are more likely to develop Peptic Ulcer due to the various intake of high NSAID drugs, like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.

  • Peptic Ulcer is fatal

There is a possibility of dying from this illness if an individual does not take measures to ensure his or her health such as going for check-ups and taking the right medications.

Causes and Symptoms

  • Too much acidic intake

Taking too much acidic food and beverages, may affect your digestive system and cause acid reflux and hyperacidity which are the first symptoms of peptic ulcer.

Since you’re not aware that you have a peptic ulcer, too much acid will worsen your infection and eventually, your body reacts and you will feel pain in your stomach.

  • Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria

This is a kind of bacteria that we cannot see. We don’t know if our food or drinks are contaminated by this, that’s why it becomes more difficult to avoid. Symptoms that you are infected by this bacteria are stomach bleeding and moving blackish stool.

Study shows that, 3 out of 4 Filipinos are infected by Helicobacter pylori bacteria and they are not aware of that

Treatment

There are certain medications available for treatment. These include:

  • Acid medicines

Antacids

Antacids are the medications that most of the patient buy it over the counter. Examples are Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, and Rolaids.

Histamine (H2) blockers

This medication is specialized for peptic ulcer. It reduces the acid and pain but it takes few days to effect on your body. This medication needs doctor’s prescription to purchase it.

Antibiotics

This drug use to eliminate and avoid your stomach into H pylori bacteria. Antibiotics eradicates this bacteria by combining antibiotics in other peptic ulcer medication.

  • Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)

Proton Pump Inhibitors are much better than H2 blockers, because this medication pumps the secretes acid into the stomach.

  • Endoscopy

It is a test used to examine your digestive tract but it is nonsurgical. Doctors will use endoscope, made up of flexible tube with a light and camera attached in the colored TV monitor, so that you and the doctor can view your digestive track.

According to Dr.Salvaña, it is not advisable to self-medicate simply based on quick internet research. You need to go and check with the experts and seek proper medication.

“Mahirap yung over the counter lang kasi di mo alam kung peptic ulcer ba talaga ang nararamdaman mo… ” said Dr. Salvaña. You may worsen your condition if you take the wrong medication not prescribed by the right doctor.

That’s why ManilaMed offers the best services for these kinds of health issues. They have Acid Medicines, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI), and Upper and Lower Endoscopy. These treatments vary depending on the degree of the condition.

For more health guidance and professional health care, ManilaMed has expert doctors like Dr. Angela Salvaña and the best facilities for you. Dr. Angela Salvaña’s interview was featured in ManilaMed’s Facebook Live episode called ManilaMed Healthline. Watch the whole interview here https://www.facebook.com/ManilaMed/videos/940209419454624/ . Visit ManilaMed or call  (02) 523 8131 for more information and consultation services.