Peptic ulcers are painful sores
in the lining of the stomach or upper part of the small intestine.
More to Know
Ulcers happen when something weakens the protective coating inside the stomach
or intestine. This lets stomach acid and bacteria get through to the sensitive lining,
causing irritation and ulcers. Stomach pain below the breastbone is the most common
symptom of an ulcer.
use of pain reliever medicines
like aspirin or ibuprofen
Other medicines and serious illnesses
also cancause ulcers.
Doctors treat ulcers based on
what caused them. If bacteria are the problem, doctors prescribe antibiotics. If medicines
are the cause, doctors might stop or change the medicine. Doctors will also give people
medicines to reduce acid in the stomach.
Keep in Mind
Alcohol and smoking can aggravate an ulcer. Caffeine
can cause the stomach to release more acid, making an ulcer worse. Unless a particular
food is bothersome, most doctors don't recommend dietary restrictions.
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