What Is an Ulcer? | Stomach Problems

What Is an Ulcer? | Stomach Problems

So an ulcer is an open sore that can be in
our esophagus, in our stomach or duodenum or small bowel. And basically these are kind of like an abrasion
that happens on the inside of the stomach. These are little abrasions that can happen
within the digestive tract. And they can be caused by a multitude of things. Most commonly it’s gotten from aspirin use
or non-steroidals such as Motrin or Advil, medications that you may take for pain. And we’re also finding that an infection can
also cause their ulcers. So by treating those causes, you actually
can treat the ulcers. So if you are taking aspirin or Motrin, you
want to make sure you stop taking them. If there’s an infection that your doctor can
detect wither by endoscopy or by a blood test or breath test or a stool test, an infection
called H. pylori, that’s going to help starting the healing process of those ulcers. But the cornerstone of treating ulcers is
by reducing the acid. And at this point either a proton pump inhibitor
such as Prilosec or Prevacid or even an H2 blocker, which is a weaker one, can all help
to heal an ulcer.


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