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how can i take care of my stomach ulcer?

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Dr. Dorothy Carin
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Change diet: Avoid foods that can irritate your stomach like spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine. Also smoking can decrease the blood supply to your stomach and delay healing. Taking medication like antacids decrease the acid in your stomach which allows the ulcer to heal. Omeprazole or Prilosec is otc and is very effective in reducing stomach acid.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there a way that you can find out if you have a stomach ulcer without going to the doctor?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
No: The only way to know for sure is to look.
A 25-year-old member asked:

How to treat a stomach ulcer?

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Dr. Nicole Bressler
Dr. Nicole Bressleranswered
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
PPIs: The most common treatment for stomach ulcers is a proton pump inhibitor (ex. Omeprazole) they prevent your stomach from making too much acid, allowing your ulcer to heal. Some ulcers are caused by a bacteria and will need to be treated with antibiotics along with the ppi. Make an appointment with your doctor to determine the source of the ulcer and what treatment is best for you.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What will happen if a stomach ulcer is left alone with just OTC meds?

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Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Work up: There are numerous treatments once the absolute diagnosis is made. A non healing ulcer is serious. Get to your doctor.
A 39-year-old member asked:

My friend have a stomach ulcer I want to help her. What foods should not be cooked? No vinegar, right?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Ulcers: Generally acidic foods like vinegar, wine, oj, lemon juice, lime juice, tomatoes as well as spicy foods, fried/fatty foods, caffeine/coffee & soda pop exacerbate ulcers. Even milk should have as low fat content as person can tolerate. Hopefully she is taking medication to help heal the ulcer; then she will gradually be able to eat the foods she enjoys again.
A 24-year-old female asked:

I have a stomach ulcer what can't I eat?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Acidic/fatty foods: In researching this question i found many lists of food to avoid that were completely undocumented & questionable- for example, most lists said to avoid cabbage, which is the food most proven to help heal ulcers! we don't have much science to answer this, but most find it beneficial to avoid acidic foods like citrus & coffee, alcohol & fatty foods. If spicy foods irritate then avoid. See comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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This is the best article I have found on diet for stomach ulcers: http://www.symptomfind.com/nutrition-supplements/diet-for-stomach-ulcers-tips-on-what-to-eat/ And an article on the benefits of cabbage & cabbage juice: http://www.naturalnews.com/027454_cabbage_ulcers.html
Aug 15, 2012

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