Overuse of painkillers can cause stomach ulcers

One big misconception about stomach ulcers, also called peptic ulcers, is that spicy food is to blame. Actually, most ulcers occur owing to bacterial infection or the overuse of painkillers.

Stomach ulcers, though common, remain poorly understood. Mrudul Dharod, consultant, gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy, at Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai, says he sees almost 20-30 cases of peptic ulcer disease every week. Ajay Kumar Sachdev, senior consultant gastrointestinal surgeon at the Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, New Delhi, says he sees around 14-15 cases every week.

According to Dr Dharod, changing dietary habits, increased consumption of junk food and fizzy drinks, reduced physical activity, high stress levels, smoking and alcohol intake are leading to an increasing number of gastrointestinal issues.....Read more


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