Ulcers are caused by stomach acid which has eaten away at part of the inner lining of the digestive system. "Peptic" describes the location of an ulcer in the stomach or upper small intestine. Causes of peptic ulcers include NSAIDs, physical or emotional stress, cigarette smoking, radiation therapy, caffeine, and H. pylori infection. Symptoms of peptic ulcer include abdominal pain, gnawing or burning pain that may be felt in the back. The pain from peptic ulcer may last from a few minutes to a few hours. Treatment of peptic ulcer depends upon the cause.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are bacteria that cause widespread infection. H. pylori may cause symptoms such as
- inflammation of the stomach and duodenum,
- upper abdominal pain
- loss of appetite,
- nausea or vomiting, and
- severe bleeding in the GI tract.
However, H. pylori infection may cause no symptoms at all. H. pylori infection may be caused by unsanitary conditions, and is spread by saliva. Treatment includes medications.
Peptic Ulcer (Symptoms, Types, Causes, Diet, Treatment) Topic Guide - Visuals
Peptic Ulcer (Symptoms, Types, Causes, Diet, Treatment) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.learn more »
Rabeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach...learn more »
Lansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. Lansoprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach...learn more »
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Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach...learn more »
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Famotidine a histamine-2 blockers. Famotidine works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces...learn more »
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