What is a peptic ulcer
With peptic ulcers there are ulcerations on the inside of the stomach, which can cause upper abdominal pain. peptic ulcers are usually caused by bacteria and are therefore usually treated with antibiotics.
What are symptoms of a peptic ulcer?
- Upper abdominal pain
- Symptoms decrease after eating
Is a peptic ulcer serious and should I see a doctor?
peptic ulcers can be treated very effectively, but it's important to see a doctor early on. A doctor can test if your ulcer is caused by bacteria and subsequently prescribe antibiotics.
Contact a doctor:
- To assess the ulcer and implement treatment
Immediately contact a doctor:
- Blood in the stool
- Vomiting blood
- No urination for over 12 hours
- Pregnancy and abdominal pain
- Pain radiating towards the chest and shoulders
- Abdominal pain that gets worse
What can I do about a peptic ulcer myself?
- Quit smoking
- No alcohol
- Try eating 4 to 5 small meals a day, instead of 3 large meals
- Avoid foods that increase your symptoms
How does a peptic ulcer affect my body?
Peptic ulcers are commonly thought to be caused by stress, but this is actually caused by bacteria, the Helicobacter Pylori. In the hospital they can use a small tube to look into your stomach to assess the ulcer(s) and to check wether or not it's caused by the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori. When this is set, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics and drugs to decrease the peptic acid production. This is usually very effective.