known as gastric ulcers, are open sores that develop on the lining of the stomach
also called peptic ulcer
burning sensation or pain in the area between your chest and belly button
dull pain in the stomach
not wanting to eat because of pain
nausea or vomiting
burping or acid reflux
heartburn (burning sensation in the chest)
pain improves when you eat, drink, or take antacids
Helicobacter pylori bacteria
certain pain relievers.
steroids, anticoagulants, low-dose aspirin,
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
excess acid (hyperacidity) in the stomach, which may be related to genetics, lifestyle (stress, smoking), and certain foods
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a rare disease that makes the body produce excess stomach acid
Have untreated stress.
Eat spicy foods.
barium X-ray: a thick white liquid (barium) that you drink helps the stomach and small intestine show up on X-rays
endoscopy: a thin, lighted tube is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach to look for the presence of an ulcer
endoscopic biopsy: a piece of stomach tissue is removed so it can be analyzed urea breath test
stool antigen test
proton pump inhibitors (PPI)
amoxicillin (Amoxil), clarithromycin (Biaxin), metronidazole (Flagyl)
tinidazole (Tindamax), tetracycline (Tetracycline HCL)
omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex)
esomeprazole (Nexium) and pantoprazole (Protonix).
ranitidine (Zantac), famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet HB)
nizatidine (Axid AR).
sucralfate (Carafate) and misoprostol (Cytotec).
Choose a healthy diet.
Consider foods containing probiotics.
Consider eliminating milk
Consider switching pain relievers.
get enough sleep
wash your hands with soap and water on a regular basis
To prevent ulcers caused by NSAIDs, stop using these medications
Limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding tobacco products
properly managing stress
Protect yourself from infections