There are diseases or bodily infections which if left undiscovered become worse.

One of these is a wound experienced in the lining of your stomach or small intestine. This sore is what experts call a 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 Disease that you need to know:

  • The tendency to form peptic ulcers may be genetic.

Difficult-to-treat peptic ulcers can be genetic, such as in families with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. This is a hormonal imbalance that results in formation of many ulcers in the stomach.

  • Elderly patients are more prone to this disease.

Seniors are more likely to develop ulcers because they need NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen for arthritis. They are also more likely to need aspirin for heart conditions, which can lead to more ulcers.

  • Complications from peptic ulcer disease can be fatal.

Perforation, or a hole in the stomach or intestine, can lead to death. Excessive blood loss can also lead to a heart attack and death. Catching the disease early can save lives.

Causes and Symptoms

  • NSAIDs and other medications

The risks and benefits of each medication and supplement that you take have to weighed carefully by your doctor and you.

  • Helicobacter pylori

This is a kind of bacteria that we cannot see in our food or drink. It is very common in the Philippines.

Treatment

Peptic ulcers are treatable.

  • Acid medicines

Antacids are available over the counter. They can provide rapid relief but do not affect acid secretion. Examples are Maalox and Kremil-S.

Histamine (H2) blockers are prescription medications which reduce acid secretion, helping with ulcer healing.

Proton pump inhibitors reduce acid secretion more efficiently than H2 blockers. These are the mainstays of treatment.

  • Antibiotics

Antibiotics kill H. pylori. They are used in combination with proton pump inhibitors.

  • Endoscopy

An endoscope is a flexible tube with a light and a camera. It goes through your mouth and esophagus into your stomach and the first part of your small intestines. Testing for H. pylori

can be done with endoscopy. Treatment of bleeding ulcers with small metal clips and a heated probe can also be done via endoscopy.

According to Dr. Salvaña, it is not advisable to self-medicate simply based on a quick internet search. You need to go and check with your doctor 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. Endoscopic treatment is available at ManilaMed.

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 – 65 for more information and consultation services.