What Triggers a Peptic Ulcer?

What Triggers a Peptic Ulcer?


[MUSIC] DR. RODGERS: Can anxiety or spicy foods cause
peptic ulcers? Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the National
Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.
The answer is no. A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of your stomach or the first
part of your small intestine. My colleague, Dr. Stephen James, points out: DR. JAMES: You may be surprised to hear that
often-used medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, called NSAIDS, are a common cause
of peptic ulcers. Ulcers are also caused by bacteria, called H. pylori. The most common
symptom of a peptic ulcer is a dull or burning pain in the stomach that comes and goes between
meals. DR. RODGERS: Other symptoms of a peptic ulcer
may include weight loss or feeling sick to your stomach. Even if you have mild symptoms
that are persistent, see a doctor. Untreated, ulcers can get worse. For more about peptic ulcers, follow us on
Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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