Digestive Health

Updated 02 May 2017

How to treat an ulcer

Ulcers are sores that occur in the lining of the digestive tract. They can be triggered by factors such as bacteria, medication or excess production of stomach acid.

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Ulcers are sores that occur in the lining of the digestive tract. They can be triggered by factors such as bacteria, medication or excess production of stomach acid.

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Do you have an ulcer? Then the following steps, courtesy of HealthDayNews, could help: ask your doctor about medication – antibiotics can be prescribed to thwart bacteria, and other medications may be taken to help reduce stomach acid; avoid smoking; don't take anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen; avoid caffeine and alcohol – if you do have some, try to make sure it's after you've eaten a meal or snack; don't eat foods that seem to aggravate your ulcer – examples may include chocolate, coffee, certain herbs and spices, and some spicy foods; and eat several small meals throughout the day, rather than one or two big meals. 

 

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Dr. Estelle Wilken is a Senior Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tygerberg Hospital. She obtained her MBChB in 1976, her MMed (Int) in 1991 and her gastroenterology registration in 1995.

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