Peptic ulcers

Learn more about peptic ulcer symptoms, treatment and prevention and find information and advice on medication and lifestyle changes.

Preventing peptic ulcers

Washing your hands with soap and water on a regular basis will prevent the spread of bacteria and reduce risk of bacterial infections.

Symptoms of peptic ulcers

Many people with ulcers suffer from a severe burning or hunger pain in the upper abdomen, immediately after a meal and often at night.

Causes of peptic ulcers

Various factors can cause the lining of the stomach, the oesophagus, and the small intestine to break down, leading to peptic ulcers.

How are peptic ulcers diagnosed?

Before embarking on extensive testing for peptic ulcers, doctors usually scrutinise a patient's medical and family history as well as his/her current lifestyle.

Treating peptic ulcers

The first step in a treatment plan for ulcers aims at reducing risk factors like smoking and the use of anti-inflammatory medication.

Diagnosing peptic ulcers

A diagnosis can be made once your medical history along with you symptoms and any over-the-counter medications you are using are reviewed by your doctor.

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