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part of the intestinal tract. Peptic ulcers typically
occur in either the stomach
or in the duodenum
Less commonly, an ulcer may erode completely through
which is the first several inches of the small intestine just the wall of the stomach or duodenum. This perforation re-below the stomach.
quires immediate surgery, and can be life-threatening.
The exact cause of all ulcers is unclear, but appears to
If you think you may have an ulcer, you may obtain relief
involve the combined effects of stomach acid, digestive by taking antacids or over-the-counter medications such as
enzymes, irritating medications, in some cases possibly bile, Tagamet-HB, Zantac-75,Pepcid AC,or Prilosec OTC. Avoid-
and in many cases a bacterial infection caused by an organism ing cigarettes, alcohol and medications such as aspirin and
named Helicobacter pylori
ibuprofen will also help. Many ulcers may be healed by this
The typical symptom of an ulcer is pain. Ulcer pain is often
If symptoms worsen or persist beyond several days, how-
gnawing, hunger-like sensation ever, consult your physician. Tests such as endoscopy or x-in the upper abdomen. Alterna- rays may be indicated to obtain a diagnosis and to ensure thattively, the painmay belocated in a more serious condition, such as cancer, is not present.
the upper chest, or radiate into
Medical therapy may consist of the prescription strength
the back. Ulcer pain is often of one of the same drugs available over-the-counter, or moremost intense when the stomach likely, a stronger agent such as Protonix, Prevacid, Aciphex oris empty, because there is noth- Nexium.
ing present to neutralize stom-
Ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori will be treated with
ach acid, which induces pain when it comes into contact with a combination of ulcerthe ulcer. Pain is then relieved by eating or by taking an medication plus usuallyantacid. In other cases, however, especially with an ulcer in two antibiotics for a to-the stomach, eating may make the pain worse because eating tal of 7-14 days, oftencauses the stomach to produce more acid.
Additional symptoms of an ulcer may include nausea, loss
of appetite, bloating after meals, and vomiting.
Ulcers occur in over 10 percent of the population, and tend
to be morecommon in men than in women.Cigarette smoking,
Nowadays, patients with ulcers are generally not advised
heavy alcohol use, and the use of irritating medications such to restrict their diet, other than to avoid any specific foodsas aspirin, ibuprofen and other arthritis drugs, all seem to which worsen seem to their symptoms. A “bland” or “ulcer”increase the risk of developing an ulcer. Emotional stress and diet, which used to be prescribed before ulcer medicationsirregular, hurried meals may also play a role.
became available, is no longer recommended. In all cases,
Complications from ulcers, other than pain, are rare.
however, tobacco products, alcoholic beverages and irritating
Bleeding from ulcers may be slow and unnoticed, leading to medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should be avoidedthe development of anemia. Sudden, heavy bleeding may in order to accelerate healing and reduce the risk of ulcercause the vomiting of blood, or the passage of black, tarry recurrence.
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