What is an ulcer? An ulcer is an external or internal sore or lesion that is a sign of necrosis (death of the tissues at a cellular level). Most ulcers that plague people are called “gastric” ulcers which are internal in nature. There are several kinds of ulcers and they include: ulcerative colitis, bed sore, and canker sore (herpes). decubitus ulcer, peptic ulcer, serpent ulcer, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcers,

Internal ulcers usually occur on the mucous membranes (the internal skin) in the gastrointestinal tract.

The symptoms of internal ulcers include inflammation (chronic burning), stomach pain, and bleeding (from the rectum). Internal ulcers are the result of ACID, too much acid in the body. And where does this acid come from? Answer: degenerate diet and lifestyle!
What Causes Stomach Ulcers

Certain factors and behaviors can put you at higher risk for developing stomach ulcers:

  • an infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
  • long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • excess acid (hyperacidity) in the stomach, which may be related to genetics, lifestyle (stress, smoking), and certain foods
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a rare disease that makes the body produce excess stomach acid
  • smoking
  • frequent use of steroids (such as those for treating asthma)
  • hypercalcemia (overproduction of calcium)
  • family history of stomach ulcers
  • being over 50 years old
  • excessive consumption of alcohol

Common Signs Of Ulcer Problems

  • nausea or vomiting
  • bloating
  • burping or acid reflux
  • heartburn (burning sensation in the chest)
  • pain improves when you eat, drink, or take antacids
  • dull pain in the stomach
  • weight loss
  • not wanting to eat because of pain

Treatment For Ulcers

  • over-the-counter antacids: to help neutralize stomach acid
  • cytoprotective agents: to protect the lining of the stomach and small intestine, such as Pepto-Bismol
  • H2 blockers: to prevent your stomach from making too much acid
  • proton pump inhibitors: blocks the cells that produce acid

Surgical Treatment For Ulcers

In very rare cases, a complicated stomach ulcer will require surgery. These include ulcers that:

  • continue to return
  • don’t heal
  • bleed
  • tear the stomach or small intestine
  • keep food from flowing out of the stomach into the small intestine

Surgery may include

  • tying off a bleeding artery
  • cutting off nerve supply to the stomach to reduce the production of stomach acid
  • removal of the entire ulcer
  • taking tissue from another part of the intestines and sewing it over the ulcer site