How long does it take for a stomach ulcer to heal on its own?
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.
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).
- To treat peptic ulcers, most people need to take medicines that reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. If you have an H. pylori infection, you will also need to take antibiotics. While symptoms can go away for a short time, you may still have an ulcer. Left untreated, an ulcer can cause life-threatening problems.
- The bacterium Helicobacter pylori has been found to cause some, but not all, stomach ulcers. A study found an association between some people with anxiety disorders and self-reported ulcer over a 10-year period.
- If you have a stomach ulcer, your treatment will depend on what caused it. With treatment, most ulcers heal in a month or two. If your stomach ulcer is caused by an Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterial infection, a course of antibiotics and a medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is recommended.
There is no clear evidence to suggest that the stress of modern life or a steady diet of fast food causes ulcers in the stomach and small intestine, but they are nonetheless common in our society: About one out of every 10 Americans will suffer from the burning, gnawing abdominal pain of a peptic (or gastric) ulcer at
- Many other prescription and over-the-counter medications may also irritate the stomach lining, as can tobacco smoke, alcohol, and foods that you have trouble digesting. Gastritis may also be caused by stress, prolonged tension and anxiety, which trigger stomach acid production, or by immune system disorders.
- That stress may cause you to stop processing food efficiently, often processing it too quickly or too slowly. That can cause the bacteria in your body to produce excess gas, which leads to bloating. Irritable bowel syndrome may also be caused by or aggravated by anxiety, and this too can lead to similar gas issues.
- Being exposed to extreme stress causes a fivefold increase in the risk of a relapse of ulcerative colitis the next day, according to a recent study involving 60 people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) published in the journal Gastroenterology Research. Ulcerative colitis itself can increase your stress as well.
The range of treatment options includes:
- Avoid spicy and sour foods until the ulcers heal.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Regularly rinse your mouth out with warm, slightly salted water.
- Keep your mouth clean.
- Take pain-relieving medication, such as paracetamol.
- Apply antiseptic gel to the ulcers.
- Use a medicated mouthwash.
- The reason is probably due to the fact that yogurt contains active cultures of good bacteria, which improves the body's ability to fight off the unwanted bacteria in the stomach. Other foods that may help inhibit the growth of H. pylori and reduce gastritis and ulcer formation include: apples.
- 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.
- Endoscopy (EGD): A thin, lighted tube is inserted through your mouth and into the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. This test is used to look for ulcers, bleeding, and any tissue that looks abnormal. Endoscopic biopsy: A piece of stomach tissue is removed so it can be analyzed in a lab.
Updated: 12th November 2019