Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers are open sores in the upper part of the digestive tract that can cause stomach pain or upset stomach that could lead to internal bleeding. Major causes of peptic ulcers are bacterial infection and the use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). NSAIDs if taken in excess can cause changes in the protective mucous layer of the stomach which can lead to ulcers in some people. A few symptoms include upper abdominal pain or discomfort, feeling full quickly when eating, belching or bloated after eating, nausea and vomiting, heartburn or acid reflux and blood in stools. Ulcers can be detected and diagnosed through an upper endoscopy. Treating peptic ulcers can occur by the treatment of H. pylori, prescribing an acid-suppressing medication and stopping the use of NSAIDs.

For more information for treating ulcers, please contact our office at (985) 446-1958.