What is a Stomach Ulcer?

What is a Stomach Ulcer?

Stomach Ulcers are commonplace and usually as a result of an H. pylori infection

A sore on the stomach’s or duodenum’s lining (the start of the small intestine) is a peptic ulcer. They could also be located in the oesophagus slightly above the stomach, but these cases are rare.

Gastric or stomach ulcers are peptic ulcers located in the stomach and those located in the duodenum are referred to as duodenal ulcers. An individual could have gastric and duodenal ulcers simultaneously and they could occur multiple times throughout a lifetime.

The Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterium causes most peptic ulcers. One of the most commonplace infections in the UK is H.pylori. These bacteria will infect a quarter of the population at some point in their life. If it isn’t treated properly, the infection could last a lifetime. Approximately 15% of those who get the H. pylori infection go on to get peptic ulcers. Even though it could strike at any age, it is mostly found in the over 60 years of age population.

Both duodenal and stomach ulcers have similar abdominal discomfort symptoms such as;

  • a pain that is dull or burning
  • usually takes place between meals or at night time
  • could be temporarily eased by consuming food or by using antacids
  • persists for durations of a few minutes to hours and shows up intermittently for many days or weeks

Additional possible symptoms might include:

  • losing weight
  • inadequate appetite
  • bloated tummy and burping
  • queasiness and throwing up

It is simple to treat the H. pylori infection if you have the above symptoms. Identify the problem with the Zoom Health Stomach Ulcer Test

Taking A Stomach Ulcer test

Identify the Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers) antibodies with the SELFCheck Stomach Ulcer test.

Food and drink take it into the stomach, however, it is unaffected by the stomach acids.

Features

  • An easy test with step by step directions.
  • Limiting food or drink isn’t required before the test
  • Carry out the test at home – no lab work required to get test results.
  • Just a drop of blood is needed, with observable results in less than 10 minutes.
  • Do the test at any time throughout the day.
  • In-depth instruction brochure includes valuable information about stomach infection.

Do I really need to test for Helicobacter pylori?

  • Over half of the world’s population is believed to have a Helicobacter pylori infection, so there is a 50 -50 chance you are infected.
  • If the infection isn’t treated, you are at higher risks of getting heartburn, indigestion, gastritis (stomach lining inflammation), stomach ulcers and even cancer.

If I’m positive for Helicobacter pylori infection, what should I do next?

  • See your doctor to get a more in-depth exam and diagnosis as well as proper treatment.
  • Only make a medical decision after consulting with your doctor.
  • Even if the test is negative for Helicobacter pylori, your stomach ulcer might be caused by something else.

My results were negative, but my digestive problems persist, what should I do?

Ask your pharmacists if there are any over the counter meds you can take.

Pack includes: Every pack comes with 1 test cassette, 1 buffer solution, 1 safety lancet along with user instructions.

Photo Credit: day 045.” (CC BY 2.0) by H o l l y.

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