Ulcer Issues

25 Sep

The symptoms of a peptic ulcer, which erodes the protective lining of your stomach and upper small intestine, are similar to those of heartburn for some people: pain in the upper part of the belly a few hours after eating or at night, sometimes with belching, nausea, and vomiting. Peptic ulcers are most often caused by infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and by frequent use of pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, and are more common among older adults. If you have heartburn more than twice a week, tell your doctor; an untreated peptic ulcer is not only uncomfortable but also can perforate or lead to internal bleeding. Both are medical emergencies.

If you do have a peptic ulcer caused by H. pylori infection, antibiotic treatment should cure it and allow your digestive system to heal.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health October 2017

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