Peptic Ulcer Disease (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
If you have been diagnosed with a peptic ulcer, call
Call your doctor or seek medical attention right away if you have:
Call your doctor if you have been diagnosed with a peptic ulcer and:
If you have been diagnosed with a peptic ulcer and medical treatment is not helping, call your doctor. Waiting until your symptoms get worse can be serious.
If you don't know if you have a peptic ulcer and you don't have any of the emergency symptoms listed above, you may try taking an antacid or nonprescription acid reducer and other home treatment, such as making changes to your diet.
Who to see
To evaluate your symptoms, see your:
If further testing or treatment is needed, you may need to see someone who specializes in the treatment of diseases of the digestive tract (gastroenterologist).
If surgery is needed, your doctor may refer you to a general surgeon. But surgery is rarely needed to treat ulcers.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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