Can Stomach Ulcer be cured completely?
Antibiotics are the new cure for ulcers; therapy is 1-2 weeks of one or two antibiotics and a medicine that will reduce the acid in the stomach. This treatment is a dramatic medical advance because eliminating H. pylori with antibiotics means that there is a greater than 90% chance that the ulcer can be cured for good.
Possible signs of an ulcer
- Feel better when you eat or drink and then worse 1 or 2 hours later (duodenal ulcer)
- Feel worse when you eat or drink (gastric ulcer)
- Stomach pain that wakes you up at night.
- Feel full fast.
- Heavy feeling, bloating, burning or dull pain in your stomach.
- Unexpected weight loss.
- High salt intake is also implicated.
- STOMACH ULCER Treatment. You can treat ulcers.
- CUTTING DOWN ON Red Meat. Red meat can be fatty, which will make your ulcer worse.
- TASTY Alternatives. You need protein in your diet.
- Fruit and vegetables.
- Slippery elm foods.
- Caffeinated foods.
- Dairy products.
- Salt and salty foods.
- Less often, ulcers may cause severe signs or symptoms such as:
- Vomiting or vomiting blood — which may appear red or black.
- Dark blood in stools, or stools that are black or tarry.
- Trouble breathing.
- Feeling faint.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Appetite changes.
- Stomach and duodenal ulcers are usually due to one of two causes: the bacterium Helicobacter pylori or nonsteroidal anti — inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. An ulcer, regardless of the cause, can cause abdominal pain, bleeding, or even cause a hole (perforation).
Typically, you will take antibiotics along with acid-suppressing medicine for two weeks. Then you may take acid-suppressing medication for another four to eight weeks. Gastric ulcers tend to heal more slowly than duodenal ulcers. Uncomplicated gastric ulcers take up to two or three months to heal completely.
- Taking antacids and other drugs (such as proton pump inhibitors or H-2 blockers) to reduce stomach acid. Avoiding hot and spicy foods. For gastritis caused by H. pylori infection, your doctor will prescribe a regimen of several antibiotics plus an acid blocking drug (used for heartburn)
- Mouth ulcers can be painful, which can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink or brush your teeth. It's usually safe to treat mouth ulcers at home. See your GP or dentist if: your mouth ulcer becomes more painful or red – this could be a sign of a bacterial infection, which may need treatment with antibiotics.
- It might help for a few minutes but milk also stimulates your stomach to produce hydrochloric acid and that can make the ulcers hurt worse. You don't have to avoid milk (a serving or two a day is fine), but drinking more milk won't help the ulcer heal.
Ulcers may also be caused by overuse of painkillers, such as aspirin (Bayer), and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Naprosyn). Stomach ulcers are treated with antibiotics and medications to reduce and block stomach acid.
- There are a number of effective medications for peptic ulcers: Antacids (e.g. Rennies, Gaviscon or Milk of Magnesia) are often the first line of treatment. They provide temporary relief from the pain by neutralising stomach acids. When taken in high doses they can also help speed up the healing of ulcers.
- Find the right OTC solution for your tummy troubles.
What Treats Pepto-Bismol Nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, indigestion MiraLAX Constipation, bloating, gas Benadryl Nausea and vomiting Tums, Maalox or Mylanta Heartburn, indigestion (leading to nausea and vomiting or diarrhea), after-effects of lactose intolerance
- During endoscopy, your doctor passes a hollow tube equipped with a lens (endoscope) down your throat and into your esophagus, stomach and small intestine. Using the endoscope, your doctor looks for ulcers. If your doctor detects an ulcer, small tissue samples (biopsy) may be removed for examination in a lab.
Updated: 21st November 2019