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Ulcers

Peptic – Gastric – Duodenal

These Ulcers are described as an open sore found within the digestive tract.

Symptoms – Include a burning or gnawing pain in the upper abdomen. This pain may be worse at night and may come and go (eating might aggravate or relieve pain). Depending on the location of the ulcer, symptoms may include vomiting (that may contain blood), or blood in stool.

Causes – Digestive tract ulcers are not well understood but are related the effects of stomach acids on the stomach and digestive tract lining. The stomach may produce too much acid or inadequate mucus (a protective secretion).

Diagnosis – Observation of the aforementioned symptoms and physical examination include analysis of blood or stool samples, endoscopy or possibly biopsy of the lining to rule out cancer.

Treatment – A physician may recommend antacids to neutralize stomach acids, an H2 blocker to decrease stomach acid or medications designed to coat the digestive lining. Self-care should include decreasing your stress levels, avoid stomach irritants such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, smoking, alcohol, and caffeine.