What You Should Know About Peptic Ulcers

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You may have heard about peptic ulcers. Maybe a relative, friend or co-worker talked about the one they have. It could be that you think peptic ulcers are caused by spicy foods or a stressful life. But do you know what a peptic ulcer is, why one can develop, what happens if you have one? Maybe you are thinking about getting more information about what a peptic ulcer is because you think you have one.

Your first step if you think you have a peptic ulcer, or any other medical issue that concerns you, is to go to your doctor. He or she will be able to diagnose what is wrong, and help you decide on a treatment plan. While you are waiting for your appointment, and after your appointment, you can read the articles below that will give you all the basic information about peptic ulcers. This information includes symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options and possible complications.

What to Eat with a Peptic Ulcer?
Many people who have a peptic ulcer can eat whatever they want with no problems. Though for a long time it had been a widely held belief that spicy foods or a stressful job were what caused peptic ulcers, doctors now know that a bacterial infection or some medications cause most peptic ulcers. Therefore the best type of diet for them is one that is healthy and balanced. If you, however, experience some symptoms of pain or other irritation when you eat, it may be because some of the foods you are eating are aggravating your ulcer symptoms.

Learn what is best for you to eat and what is best for you to limit.

Peptic Ulcers - The Basics
An ulcer is a sore or lesion that forms in the lining of the stomach or duodenum. Ulcers in the stomach are called gastric or stomach ulcers, and those in the duodenum are called duodenal ulcers, and both are usually referred to as peptic ulcers.

Understanding the causes and symptoms of ulcers, and then getting a diagnosis and proper treatment,...

What Causes Peptics Ulcers?
You don't have to be a stressed-out CEO of a large corporation to develop an ulcer. Even those spicy foods won't cause an ulcer. In the past, it was believed stress and diet caused peptic ulcers. Later, researchers stated stomach acids (hydrochloric acid and pepsin) contributed to the majority of ulcer formation. Today, however, research shows that most ulcers develop as a result of infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori). 

What Are the Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers can cause a variety of symptoms, and these vary from patient to patient. Some patients with ulcers have minimal, unusual, or even no symptoms at all. Others may have every symptom. This is why it is very important to consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

How Are Peptic Ulcers Diagnosed?
Most peptic ulcers are caused by a bacteria known as H. Pylori. Confirming the presence of H.

pylori is important because elimination of the bacteria is likely to cure the ulcer

How Are Peptic Ulcers Treated?
Since most peptic ulcers are caused by H. Pylori, the usual treatment is a combination of antibiotics and acid suppressors, such as proton pump inhibitors. Your doctor will decide on the proper treatment depending on the diagnosed caused of the ulcer.

When Is Surgery Needed For Peptic Ulcers?
Some people do not respond to the prescribed treatment to heal the ulcer, or they develop complications from the ulcers such as perforation, bleeding, and obstructions. They may require surgical intervention.  

What Are the Complications of Peptic Ulcers?
If ulcers aren't treated or treatment isn't effective, serious complications may occur. The most common complications include bleeding, perforation of the stomach or duodenal walls, and obstruction of the digestive tract. 

H. pylori and Peptic Ulcers
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria. Researchers believe that H. pylori is responsible for the majority of peptic ulcers. What cause it? How is it diagnosed and treated?

NSAIDs and Peptic Ulcers
Most peptic ulcers are caused by infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). But some peptic ulcers are caused by prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium.

Peptic Ulcers in Children
Many people think ulcers are an "adult disease." However, children can and do develop ulcers. It is important to learn the symptoms of childhood ulcers, how they are treated, and what the signs of an emergency situation are.

Ulcer Warning Signs
Warning signs that your peptic ulcer is getting worse.

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