Inflammation of the duodenum or duodenitis occurs in the first segment of the small intestine. The condition may be acute or chronic. An acute attack usually comes on suddenly and stays for a short interval of time. The chronic form progresses gradually and is long lasting.
Duodenal inflammation manifest as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Burning in the abdomen
- Crampy pains
- Heartburn and water-brash
- GI upsets
- Feeling full shortly after you begin eating.
- Stool may turn black and vomit may look like coffee grounds. These are symptoms which call for immediate medical aid since it indicates internal bleeding.
What Causes Inflammation Of The Duodenum?
The causes for the development of duodenitis are:
- The chief causative factor is infection with Pylori bacteria. The bacteria proliferate and inflame the duodenum lining. H. pylori is contracted via the consumption of contaminated food and water, and afflicts developed as well as developing nations.
- Long term use of certain drugs, such as – aspirin, ibuprofen.
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
- Crohn’s disease.
- An autoimmune reaction which triggers an inflammation.
- A reflux of bile, i.e. when it flows from the duodenum back in to the stomach is an important factor.
- Viral infections such as – herpes simplex virus.
- Radiation therapy or chemotherapy for malignant cases.
- Injury or trauma to the duodenum.
- Using a breathing machine.
- Stress caused by major surgery or shock.
- Ingestion of caustic substances or poisons which corrode the duodenal tissues.
Natural Remedies For Duodenal Inflammation
- Pylori infection needs to be treated with antibiotics. Confer with your health care provider, he will prescribe a combination of medications to get rid of the infection, and you need to take the antibiotics for two weeks or longer. Follow-up tests and meeting the doctor are crucial.
- You may require over-the-counter acid blockers which help decrease the quantity of acid released into the GI tract.
- Proton pump inhibitors are beneficial as well; these medicines block cells which manufacture acid.
- Prescription-strength acid reducers may be given too; they keep the stomach acid from irritating the lining of the duodenum.
- Your doctor will also advise antacids to counteract the acid and allay the pain and discomfort.
- Mint is an excellent natural remedy to manage duodenitis. Have a glass of mint tea before every meal; ensure that you consume at least 3 to 5 glasses per day. Mint will allay the water-brash, heartburn, nausea and tummy pains almost instantaneously.
- Ginger is anther potent natural medicine. Ginger is packed with gingerols which treat inflammations effectively. Have ginger capsules or ginger tea or ginger powder with honey for optimal results.
- Caraway seeds are effective too. Munch on a fistful of seeds daily. Caraway is a carminative and GI tonic which tackles most problems related to the gastric system successfully.
- Garlic is an infection fighter; it helps deal with duodenitis which is due to H. Pylori. Along with the antibiotics have 2 to 3 flakes of garlic to expedite treatment.
- Steer clear of alcohol, smoking, spicy foods, acidic drinks such as orange juice or pineapple juice and drugs such as aspirin which irritate or inflame the GI tract.