Ulcer is a commonly found condition and there are 2 main types, Peptic Ulcers and Stomach Ulcers. In this condition there is excessive secretion of acids in the stomach which cause immense discomfort and the symptoms include burning sensation down the food pipe and can be accompanied by vomiting and stomach pain as well in some cases.
HOW IS ULCER DIAGNOSED?
The Gastroenterologist is a better placed specialist to diagnose Ulcer. Besides understanding the symptoms and doing a physical examination, the doctor will conduct an Endoscopy test which offers a clear view of the insides of the stomach, the duodenum etc. This test is considered a conclusive diagnostic tool for Ulcer.
HOW IS ULCER TREATED?
Internal Medicine is the best treatment for Ulcer. Antacids are usually prescribed to bring down the levels of the acids and in severe cases antibiotics may also be added to the treatment. Only where the medication does not help in controlling the condition, surgery might have to be employed.
DID YOU KNOW?
That it is not advisable to resort to self-medication through OTC products to treat Ulcer?