Ulcer Treatment in Bethesda, VA
Ulcers are sores which can develop in the digestive tract. They tend to occur when the acid we use to digest food dissolves the protective lining of the tract. This can lead to bleeding and, eventually sores (ulcers). Common risk factors include regular use of some over-counter pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, psychological stress, and lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking.
Stomach pain, vomiting, and weight loss are common symptoms amongst those with ulcers. Ulcer pain is often worse at night, when your stomach is empty and there's nothing to block the acid from dissolving the lining.
Types of Ulcers
These include any ulcers exposed to pepsin, an enzyme which is often found near stomach acid. These are commonly found in the lining of the stomach or duodenum.
Gastric ulcers are simply peptic ulcers found in the stomach, often causing gnawing pain and nausea.
These are peptic ulcers developing in the duodenum and can cause abdominal pain and bleeding.
Symptoms of Ulcers
The most common symptoms of ulcers include:
- Pain (often in the upper abdomen)
- Vomiting blood
- Weight loss
- Discomfort after eating or drinking (in gastric ulcers)
- Momentary relief from symptoms after eating or drinking (seen with ulcers in the duodenum)
Treatment of Ulcers
Common medications used in treating ulcers include antibiotics to kill harmful bacteria as well as medicine to neutralize and reduce acid production. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine to protect the lining in your stomach and small intestine. Over-the-counter drugs such as Zantac or Pepcid may also provide symptom relief.
Ulcers are not considered to be fatal except in cases of severe bleeding. With diligent treatment and monitoring, many find dramatic symptom relief and even full recovery. Request more information about ulcers today. Call (703) 215-2795 or contact Virginia Center for Health & Wellness online.
Virginia Center for Health & Wellness
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