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Ulcers

What Is an Ulcer?

An ulcer of the stomach is most commonly a peptic ulcer. It is a sore on the lining of the stomach or duodenum, which is at the beginning of the small intestine. There are many causes of peptic ulcers, which include:

Ulcers are not caused by stress or eating certain food, but these can make ulcers worse.

Symptoms

Ulcers are a common complaint – affecting 1 in 10 Americans at some point in their lives. Symptoms of ulcers include:

  • Ache in the abdomen, which often feels like a gnawing pain

  • Pain that comes and goes, but is most frequent after a meal

  • Pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night

  • Pain that is relieved by eating or taking antacid medicine

  • Severe symptoms of ulcers include:

  • Weight loss

  • Loss of appetite

  • Bloating

  • Burping

  • Nausea and vomiting

Treatment Options

A gastroenterologist will work closely with you to develop a plan that treats your ulcers and relieves symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics – Ulcers caused by an infection can heal with antibiotics prescribed by your physician.

  • Antacids – Over-the-counter or prescription-strength antacids can help fight or reduce stomach acid.

  • Cyroprotective agents – Medicine to help protect stomach lining or the small intestine can help reduce symptoms while the ulcer heals.

When to See a Doctor

If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of ulcers, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.

Learn more about our doctors and care team who diagnose and treat ulcers.