SM- HEALTH: Things you don’t know that causes ulcer

SM- HEALTH: Things you don’t know that causes ulcer


Okay let take a look at this…….
How do you think people get ulcer?

It’s very easy to hear people say things like…..

“You get ulcer when you don’t eat”

“Bacteria eats up the wall of your stomach”

“We have bacteria in us and so when we don’t eat or feed them they start to eat up our stomach” and the saying keeps going on and on and on…………..phew! Give me a break….

Let’s take a sneek peek at what really causes ulcer

Ulcer is a sore or wound in the lining of the stomach or small intestine.

You see our stomach produces strong acid which helps in digesting foods and also helps in protecting against microbes.

The acid produced can be really harmful to stomach wall so a thick layer of mucus is produced to protect the tissue of the body from the acid.If the mucus layer is worn away and stops functioning
effectively , the acid can damage the stomach tissue, causing an ulcer.

Don’t forget we are still looking into the cause of ulcer

A bacterium called Helicobacter pylori:

A bacteria commonly lives in the mucous layer that covers and protects tissues that line the stomach and small intestine. Often the H.pylori bacterium causes no problem but it can cause inflammation of the stomach’s inner layer,producing an ulcer.

It is still not clear how H.pylori spreads,it may be transmitted from person to person by close contact such as kissing,through foods and water

Regular use of certain pain relievers

Regular use of certain pain relievers. Taking aspirin, as well as certain over-the-counter and prescription pain medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) , can irritate or inflame the lining of your stomach and small intestine.

Other factors are:


Drinking alcohol

Note: Eating spicy food or stress don’t cause ulcer they only worsen ulcer


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