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10 Myths and facts about stomach ulcers.
Many people live in fear of stomach ulcers because of different stories they have heard from friends, families, and even co-workers. And most of the time, it is difficult to separate truth from facts.
Let us start with what is stomach ulcer.
Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are a common medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide.
Even though it is common, there are many myths, half-truths and misconceptions about stomach ulcers that can lead to confusion, fear, anxiety, worry and incorrect treatment.
Unfortunately, fear, worry and anxiety can even worsen the situation.
In this blog post, we will explore some of the most common myths and facts surrounding stomach ulcers, including their causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Whether you are someone who has been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer or simply curious about this condition, this article will furnish you with the information you need to separate fact from myth and help you make more informed decisions about your health.
Myth 1: Stress only caused stomach ulcers.
Many people believe that the major reason they develop stomach ulcer is because of the never ending stress they face every day. Right from sunrise to sunset. Work, home, environment etc.
Fact: While stress can worsen ulcer symptoms, it is not the primary cause of ulcers. The most common cause of ulcers is a bacterial infection called Helicobacter pylori.
Myth 2: Spicy foods cause stomach ulcers.
Fact: Spicy foods do not cause ulcers. However, they can irritate an existing ulcer and make symptoms worse.
Myth 3: Stomach ulcers only occur in the stomach.
Fact: Ulcers can occur in the stomach, but they can also occur in the small intestine, esophagus, and even in the colon.
Myth 4: Stomach ulcers always cause pain.
Fact: While pain is a common symptom of ulcers, some people may not experience any pain at all. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and bloating.
Myth 5: Stomach Ulcers are contagious.
Fact: Ulcers are not contagious. They are caused by a combination of factors, including H. pylori infection, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and excessive alcohol consumption.
Myth 6: Stomach Ulcers always require surgery.
Fact: Surgery is rarely needed to treat ulcers. Most ulcers can be treated with medications such as antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, and H2 blockers.
Myth 7: Stomach Ulcers are a sign of cancer.
Fact: While some ulcers may be cancerous, most ulcers are benign and can be treated with medication.
Myth 8: Stomach ulcers can be cured by drinking milk.
Fact: Drinking milk may temporarily relieve ulcer symptoms, but it does not cure ulcers. In fact, milk can actually stimulate acid production in the stomach, which can make symptoms worse.
Myth #9: Stomach ulcers always recur.
While this may seem to be true, because many people who had taken medicines for the treatment of stomach ulcers, always complain that they had relief while taking the medicines, but had a relapse after some time.
Fact: With proper treatment, most ulcers can be cured and do not recur. However, if the underlying cause of the ulcer is not addressed, it may return.
Myth 10: Stomach ulcers are a normal part of ageing.
Fact: Ulcers are not a normal part of ageing. While older adults may be more susceptible to ulcers due to factors such as increased use of NSAIDs and H. pylori infection, they are not an inevitable part of getting older.
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