What is a peptic ulcer?

Peptic ulcers are caused by a combination of factors, including the presence of a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen.

Symptoms of a peptic ulcer include:

  • Burning or gnawing pain in the upper abdomen, usually between the breastbone and navel, which may occur on an empty stomach and may be relieved by eating or taking antacids.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Blood in the stool (a rare symptom)

Peptic ulcers can be diagnosed using a variety of tests and procedures, including upper endoscopy and breath test. Treatment options include antibiotics to eradicate H. pylori and acid-reducing medications to help the ulcer heal. In some cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause of the ulcer and to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

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