Ulcer is a sore that on the lining of the oesophagus, stomach or small intestine. It occurs when stomach acid damages lining bod digestive tract.
Some factors that can lead to ulcer include:
- Heavy alcohol
- Abuse of over-the-counter drugs
- Psychological stress
Ulcer can cause loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss or vomiting.
When you experience such symptoms, it is important you visit the hospital for proper diagnosis.
However, there are certain habits that could help am ulcer patient heal faster.
See the Do’s and Don’ts of an Ulcer patient:
• An ulcer patient should eat healthily; certain foods are recommended.
- Foods that are high in fiber, especially, friuts and vegetables.
- Drinks that revfree from caffeine
- Food that are low in fat
- Healthy cooking oil
• Taking Recommended drugs judiciously – Take only prescribed drugs, follow directives and finish the entire dosage.
• Stay hydrated always.
• Pay attention to your mental health – Stress and depression can cause people ulcer indirectly.
• Always sit upright while eating.
• Don’t Smoke – Smoking slows down ulcer healing process.
• Avoid Alcohol and coffee – Alcohol can irritate and damage digestive tract.
° Habits like these increase the production of gastric acid and weakens the mucosal barrier of the GI tract promoting ulcer formation and slows ulcer healing.
• Avoid taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications.
• Avoid certain foods that may cause discomfort for an Ulcer patient such as:
- Spicy foods
- Foods with high fat content
- Citrus fruits (in some cases)
• Avoid taking so much dairy products – Milk can make you feel better for a while but it is not a cure for ulcer. In fact, drinking too much milk can cause increase in stomach acid and make stomach worse.
For the right directives, visit the hospital and he doctor’s prescription and recommendations.
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