people live with stomach ailments. Whether the problem is
temporary or an everyday thing, knowing what the cause and
treatment are can be extremely helpful. Some ailments are
easy to recognise while others may require a visit to the
doctor for a correct diagnosis. Most are easily treated
of the most common ailments include the following:
*Constipation, defined as hard, difficult to pass stools.
You may feel as if you still have to go even though you
just went. Constipation is usually a result of the lifestyle
you lead. Eating the wrong types of foods, drinking too
little water, and too little exercise are all to blame.
Many times, vitamins and other drugs can cause this condition,
too. There are many things you can do at home to remedy
constipation. Try to avoid laxatives unless recommended
by your physician. You can become dependant on them. Eat
more fibre or take a fibre supplement. Fibre adds bulk to
your stool, making it easier to pass. Change your diet.
Stay away from greasy, high fat foods as well as coffee
is a natural part of your digestive process. Often caused
by the air you swallow, or foods you eat. High fibre foods
can create large amounts of gas in some. These foods include
beans and some fruits and vegetables. Try an over-the-counter
medication if the situation warrants. Otherwise, you can
try a cup of hot tea. Peppermint and camomile work well
to help relieve gas pains. Or, you can try lying on your
back and pulling your legs up towards your chest. The pressure
from your legs on your stomach will help to move gas through
the digestive tract, making it easier to pass.
defined as loose, watery stools that occur frequently. You
may suffer abdominal cramping and pain as well. Diarrhoea
can be caused by a number of things. More often than not,
it is usually brought on by something you ate. Medications,
stress, and food poisonings are also culprits. Diarrhoea
can cause dehydration if you are not careful. Be sure to
drink plenty of clear fluids to avoid this. Allow your body
time to expel whatever was irritating it before you resolve
to taking an over the counter medication. Call your doctor,
if diarrhoea lasts more than 48 hours.
is caused by acid in the stomach backing up into the oesophagus,
causing excruciating pain in some and a taste of bile in
the mouth and pains in the stomach, which can be made worse
by coffee, citrus fruits, fatty foods, onions, alcohol and
chocolate. In some cases, milk can ease the pains. Staying
away from food that you know irritates you is important.
However, if you have heartburn consistently and find yourself
regularly relying on store bought medications, you should
see your physician for further treatment.
defined as having a headache with weakness, diarrhoea, loss
of appetite, and fatigue. Vomiting may also accompany any
of these symptoms. Causes may include food poisoning, ulcers,
medications, or a bout of the stomach flu. Pregnancy is
another culprit. Seek the advice of your physician if you
are pregnant and experiencing nausea. They can recommend
the appropriate treatment for your condition. First and
foremost, you will need rest. Try to keep hydrated. Don't
eat anything if you can't handle it. However, once you are
up to it, stick to bland foods, such as toast, rice, and
oesophagitis, brought on by stomach acid that has moved
up to the gullet. This usually feels like heartburn or leaves
a taste of bile in the mouth. Reflux oesophagitis can be
caused by the opening of the muscle around the top of the
stomach, or because the stomach is being pushed due to pregnancy
or obesity. Drinking coffee and eating citrus fruits, fatty
foods, onions, alcohol and chocolate often makes the condition
worse as these encourage the muscle at the top of the stomach
have similar symptoms and are, therefore, sometimes mistaken
for reflux oesophagitis. If symptoms include weight loss
and black stools it is important to contact a doctor, who
can determine whether or not the condition is caused by
an ulcer. In nine out of 10 cases, an ulcer is caused by
a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. This bacteria can
be treated with an anti-ulcer medicine and antibiotics,
which also reduces the risk of contracting new ulcers.
bowel syndrome often appears as a pain that gets worse when
eating, and is helped by going to the toilet. An irritated
large intestine occurs when there is a change of movement
in the intestines. It usually helps to drink a lot of water
and go to the toilet regularly.
danger signs . . .
*Bloody, black or tar-like stools -- all of which suggest
bleeding from within the digestive system.
*Nausea, or vomit containing blood, or with an appearance
similar to ground coffee.
*Unintentional weight loss.
8Paleness and fatigue due to an unexplained lack of iron.
*Sudden, sharp pains.
persist, see a doctor and always complete the prescribed
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