Increase in stomach ulcer, piles during lockdown due to wrong and self medication

at 6:05 pm

New Delhi (NVI): There has been a substantial increase of nearly 20-30 per cent in cases of acidity, stomach ulcers, piles as well as constipation due to various measures undertaken by people during lockdown without consulting doctors like immunity boosters and other self medication.

According to the observation by Terna Speciality Hospital & Research centre from Navi Mumbai, owing to the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, a sizable number of people have resorted to self or wrong medications to safeguard themselves from coronavirus, like heavy intake of turmeric powder.

Such remedies were posted on several social media platforms during lockdown, the side effects of which are now troubling a lot of citizens.

These medications actually does not prevent corona as per medical study, however, it generates a lot of side effects on the human body.

Giving more information on this, Dr Nitin Tawte, Laparoscopic, Endoscopic and Piles Surgeon from Terna Speciality Hospital & Research Centre said, “Various medications taken by patients without medical supervision are inducing harmful effects on the body.”

He added, “I have seen increased cases of stomach ulcer and acidity. There are cases where patients present with bleeding through rectum because of irritation of inner skin and formation of piles and ulcer, which have been burning in the stomach and chest and gets relieved with antacids.”

“As a result, many patients have required endoscopy who did not respond to medicines. Stomach ulcer and internal injury to stomach and intestines can only be diagnosed with upper or lower gastrointestinal endoscopy,” the doctor further said.

Dr Tawte reiterated that corona is a disease which spreads by respiratory droplets and to those who come in close contact with an infected person. So speaking from my experience it is better not to take any medication without doctor’s supervision and follow a strict and healthy dietary schedule.

“Make sure the doctor knows about all the medicines a patient takes. This includes those prescribed by other doctors, as well as vitamins, supplements, herbal remedies, and over-the-counter drugs a patient uses every now and then,” Dr Nitin Tawte added.