Ulcers

Monday, March 15, 2010

If you have stomach pain that Alka-Seltzer, Tums or Pepto Bismol are unable to alleviate, you may be suffering from peptic ulcers. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about these painful ulcers and what can be done about them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Peptic ulcers are sores in the inner lining of the stomach or upper small intestine. These sores develop when the stomachs digestive juices irritate and damage tissue.

Peptic ulcers that form in the lining of the stomach are called gastric ulcers. Those that form in the upper small intestine are called duodenal ulcers.

The two most common causes of peptic ulcers are Helicobacter pylori bacteria and use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

The symptoms of a peptic ulcer vary and are not a reliable way to tell whether you have an ulcer. Symptoms include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, and bloating or nausea after eating.

Treatment for peptic ulcer disease involves taking medications that reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach. If H. pylori infection is present, you may need treatment with a course of antibiotics. Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, limiting caffeine and alcohol intake, and reducing stress, can help speed the healing of your ulcer and prevent it from recurring.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.