A Peptic Ulcer is open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. They are usually formed as a result of inflammation caused by the bacteria H. pylori, as well as from erosion from stomach acids. Peptic ulcers are a fairly common health problem.
The most common symptom of this condition is burning abdominal pain that extends from the navel to the chest which ranges from mild to severe. In some cases, the pain may wake you up at night. Other common signs of a Peptic Ulcer may include:
Peptic Ulcer occurs when acid in the digestive tract eats away at the inner surface of the small intestine or stomach. The acid makes a painful open sore that may bleed. Your digestive tract is coated with a mucous layer that usually protects against acid. However, if the amount of acid is increased or the total of mucus is reduced, you could develop an ulcer. Other common causes of this condition may include:
Peptic ulcers treatment depends on the cause. Usually, treatment will involve killing the H. pylori bacterium if present, reducing the use of NSAIDs if possible, and helping your ulcer to heal with medicine. Medications can include:
You may lessen your risk of peptic ulcers if you follow the same approaches suggested as home remedies used for the treatment of ulcers. It also may be helpful to:
You can take steps to protect yourself from infections by frequently washing your hands with soap and water and by eating foods that have been cooked completely.
Work with your doctor to find the possible lowest dose that still gives you pain relief. Avoid drinking alcohol when taking your medication, since the two can combine to increase your risk of stomach upset.
If you need an NSAID, you may need to also take additional medicines such as a proton pump inhibitor, an antacid, acid blocker, or cytoprotective agent.