Peptic Ulcers

Ulcers are small, open, and painful sores that form in the lining of the stomach (gastric ulcers). They can also form in the first part of the small intestine (duodenal ulcers). A peptic ulcer describes both types of ulcers. Ulcers often heal by taking medicine or changing what you eat. Surgery is only needed if the pain cannot be controlled or if tearing, blockage, or bleeding is found.

HOME CARE

  • Stop smoking.

  • Avoid alcohol.

  • Avoid aspirin and drugs that lessen puffiness (swelling) and soreness.

  • Eat regular, healthy meals.

  • Avoid foods that bother you.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Always ask your doctor first before switching brands of antacid medicine.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have bright red blood in your throw up (vomit).

  • You have bloody, tarry, or black looking poop (stool).

  • You feel weak, tired, or pass out (faint).

  • You have sudden belly (abdominal) pain that hurts really bad.

  • You have bad pain and keep throwing up.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.