These are wounds that open up in the stomach or small intestine and can need special attention if not treated in time.
Any type of ulcer that affects both the stomach and the small intestine is called a peptic ulcer. These are a type of sores that appear in the lining of the stomach or intestines because the mucous layer covering them is weakened, resulting in gastric acids damaging the tissue, causing lesions.
They are often caused by Helicobacter bacterial infections or by prolonged use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Also, a Healthline report explains that the most common symptom is a burning sensation or pain in the middle of the abdomen, between the chest and navel, and that it can be more acute when the stomach is empty. The feeling can last from a few minutes to several hours depending on the severity of the ulcer.
If you experience weight loss, not wanting to eat due to pain, vomiting, bloating, burping, or acid reflux, dark or black stools, or bloody vomit, you should consult your doctor immediately. To rule out a Helicobacter infection, a blood, stool, or breathing test may be ordered. If you have a stomach ulcer, an endoscopy may be the next procedure.
To avoid the appearance of ulcers and promote healthy bacteria in the body, Healthline recommends adding these foods to your diet:
- Broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and radishes.
- Leafy greens, such as spinach and kale.
- Foods rich in probiotics, such as sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, or yogurt (especially with lactobacillus and saccharomyces).
- Fruit such as apples, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries.
- Olive oil.
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