Peptic ulcers are often the result of high levels of stress and a poor diet. The staff of Fifth Ave GI offers a variety of effective treatment options and dietary recommendations that can reduce your symptoms and ease your pain and discomfort. Located in East Harlem/Upper East Side, New York, the office is conveniently located and easy to find. Call or click to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience for fast, effective treatment options.
A peptic ulcer is an open lesion or sore found in the lining of the stomach. These ulcers can also be present in the upper portion of the small intestine.
Overusing certain types of medications causes these ulcers. And, in some cases, they're a physical response to high levels of stress.
Peptic ulcers have symptoms that range in severity depending on their size and the extent of damage that the lining of the stomach or intestine has suffered. These symptoms include:
Any of these symptoms alone points to a variety of health issues, but collectively they act as an effective indicator that an ulcer is present.
Medications are the most common method of treatment for peptic ulcers. Protein pump inhibitors are often used to reduce stomach acid production and to keep their levels low.
Fifth Avenue GI doctors prescribe these inhibitors for peptic ulcers that are caused by the H. pylori infection. This type of medication also contains antibiotics to fight the infection and to help the ulcer heal.
Other medications that your Fifth Avenue provider might provide include prescription strength antacids that neutralize stomach acids, allowing the stomach to contain more alkaline. Other medications can coat the lining of the stomach, protecting it from the harsh stomach acids and allowing the lesions to heal faster.
While ulcers may not always be preventable, you can take measures to reduce your risk.
The first and foremost step is avoiding the overuse of certain types of medication that are harmful to the lining of the stomach. Doing so includes taking excessive amounts of aspirin or aspirin-related medications.
It's also prudent to make positive lifestyle changes that support good health and better digestion. Doing so includes eliminating smoking and decreasing your consumption of alcohol. Smoking is detrimental because it compromises your circulation and can affect the way your body heals itself.
Finally, reducing your stress level, whenever possible, slows down the production of stomach acid and allows your body to get the most nutrients from the foods you eat.