Types Of Ulcers
There are a number of different types of ulcers that a person can deal with, but most come down to one of two different types: mouth ulcers and stomach ulcers. Both can be unpleasant in their own way. Here’s a little bit more about each type and how you can handle it.
Mouth ulcers are small, shallow little ulcers in the mouth that can make it difficult to eat or, in some cases, even talk. Medically referred to as apthous ulcers, they are actually fairly common in both adults and children. But what causes these types of ulcers, and what can you do to keep them from forming or, if they’ve already formed, how can you treat them?
What causes the development of these mouth ulcers? Doctors are still not exactly certain. However, some guesses include stress or damage to the tissue in the mouth. Evidence also suggests that acidic fruits and vegetables like lemons, tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, figs, apples, and pineapples may be a factor. Dentures that don’t quite fit right are another suspect in the development of mouth ulcers.
The symptoms of mouth ulcers include a small painful sore on the check, mouth, tongue, or soft palate. These sores may be round or oval shaped. They are white or gray in color and usually have a red ring around them. If the ulcer is severe, you may experience a fever and feel very lethargic. Your lymph nodes will also be swollen.
Treatment and Prevention
There are a couple of different ways to treat and prevent the formation of apthous ulcers. Once you have one, you can simply let it heal on its own. Most mouth ulcers heal within two weeks without any type of treatment. However, if you use a mouth rinse, corticosteroid ointment, or a prescription medication, they will vanish much more quickly.
Stomach ulcers can make your life incredibly painful. These ulcers, sometimes referred to as peptic ulcers, are basically small open sores that open up in the lining of your stomach, esophagus, and upper part of your small intestines. When they form in the stomach, they’re referred to as gastric ulcers, while those found in the esophagus are referred to as esophageal ulcers. The ulcers found in the small intestines are known as duodenal ulcers.
What Causes Stomach Ulcers?
Let’s take a closer look at what causes peptic ulcers. These ulcers can be caused by three different things. The first major cause of gastric ulcers is prescription medication. While most medications do not lead to ulcers, there are some that do. Those that are used to help combat osteoporosis can often lead to peptic ulcers.
Another thing that may lead to stomach ulcers is the regular use of certain over the counter or prescription pain relievers. These medications can cause the small intestines or the lining of the stomach to get irritated or inflamed. This inflammation then slowly leads to an ulcer. If you develop peptic ulcers as you age, the over-use of pain relievers is often the cause.
The third major cause of peptic ulcers is bacterium in the stomach, intestines, or esophagus. This helicobacter pylori bacteria lives in the mucous layers of the tissues that protect the lining of your stomach, and when enough of it gathers, it can begin causing issues.
Protecting Against Stomach Ulcers
First of all, you’ll want to work on your immune system to protect against bacteria. Another thing you should do is avoid raw foods or foods that aren’t fully cooked. The bacteria in these foods can lead to infections in the stomach lining, which in turn may lead to ulcers. Look for foods that are fully cooked and have a lot of vitamins in them. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will all help provide you with the nutrients your body needs to protect itself.
Put down the cigarettes. Smoking increases the chance you’ll get stomach ulcers because it damages the protective lining in the stomach. Stopping smoking will also do many other great things for your health, such as improving your breathing.
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