Peptic ulcer may also be caused due to lifestyle. Covid-19 is the new reality. Indeed, a bitter reality for all of us.
Fighting with corona virus is the challenge we all are facing from last so many months. But apart from Covid-19 there are many other health problems people are facing on day to day basis.
The one common health issue has surged during pandemic is Peptic ulcer, or Gastro-ulcer of stomach.
There are multiple reasons for stomach ailments. But some reasons are to be blamed due to the lockdown situation which has seized movement of all of us.
It has created gaps in our thinking as well as our ability to manage our routines, eating habits and sleep cycles.
These unexpected lifestyle changes have pushed people to eat on irregular times, unhealthy packets foods and consumption of tea and coffee excessively.
Therefore, lazy lifestyle, inadequate sleep, munching on packet foods mindlessly are all the reasons for upset digestive health in young and old people alike.
Peptic ulcers happen when acid in the digestive area eats away inner surface of stomach or opening of small intestine.
The acid can generate a painful open wound that could bleed also.
Our digestive tract is layered with a slippery mucous that usually defends against acid. But if the quantity of acid is augmented or the quantity of mucus is reduced, we could develop an ulcer.
Not just viruses but bacteria are also responsible for destroying our health.
One reason of peptic ulcer is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori that usually resides in the mucous layer of the stomach lining and protects its walls from acids.
Usually, this bacterium is not harmful for stomach but in certain cases it can cause inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach resulting in ulcer.
The reason of how H. pylori infection spreads in the stomach is not very clear.
But it can be transferred to one person to another by physical contact. Patients also catch this bacterium through contaminated food water.
Regular use of painkillers can also disrupt the normal functioning of the stomach lining by causing gastrointestinal ulcers.
Some other medicines containing steroids, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and low doses of aspirin can also damage the inner lining of the stomach.
There are some typical symptoms of peptic ulcer.
Peptic ulcers can easily be diagnosed by the physician who can examine the stomach and its related organs by touching the stomach and checking the breath of patient for H. pylori presence.
Endoscopy can also be done with patients of chronic gastro-ulcers, or those who are facing some blockage in the stomach.
In mild to moderate cases, antibiotics and gastro-kinetic medicines are prescribed to reduce the symptoms of the ulcers as well as repair the lining of the stomach by reducing the production of acidic juices in the stomach.
In extreme cases, when stomach walls have completely damaged and holes are visible then doctors perform surgical treatment by taking patch from intestines and pasting it on the stomach walls and lining.
Peptic ulcers can also be cured at home by using natural home remedies.
It is considered that honey is much better than just being too sweet.
It is because honey has such chemical that cure stomach walls when used on a daily basis. Honey can be used alone or it can be used with plain water to reduce the inflammation of the stomach.
Yogurt is also natural probiotic which can be used excessively in treating ulcers. It has natural healing properties which repairs walls of the stomach.
Taking fruit juices in moderate quantities as well as eating simple and less food at 6 intervals also help patients manage their chronic or newly developed peptic ulcers.
Eating legumes made in simple form with less spices is also good in dealing with peptic ulcer.
It is easier said than done but it is very important to understand that stress can only aggravate the symptoms of gastro-ulcers will not ease the pain.
So, in order to cure these peptic ulcers, it is important to avoid stress and adapt certain strategies in daily life to be able to stay happy and focused.
During the pandemic it is a challenge to stay away from stress but it is possible with relaxing yoga, and sessions of meditation at home which help in reducing stress from life.
Becoming part of support groups on social media platforms is also helpful in knowing your health condition in a better way, and most importantly interacting with people who are going through the same health condition can also help in understanding your situation and also find some helpful solutions to improve the condition.
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Rabia Shaukat is a person of many talents. Mostly she loves to write on various and diverse topics on life. Born, brought up and schooled in Lahore, now she currently resides in the United States of America (USA) with family.