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A 21-year-old female asked:

how long does peptic ulcers take to heal and how can i be sure they are gone?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
6 weeks: Most ulcers heal in 4 to 6 weeks. Stomach ulcers generally are either biopsied at the time of diagnosis or should be confirmed healed by repeat endoscopy eight weeks after diagnosis.
Dr. Tri Huynh
Dr. Tri Huynh answered
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Peptic ulcer disease: Peptic ulcer disease is a term to describe both gastric and duodenal ulcers. If you have duodenal ulcer, you do not need to have repeated egd to assess healing (treatment is for 4-8 weeks. If you have gastric ulcer, most of the time, you should have a repeated egd in 8 weeks after being treated during this duration.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Are there other illnesses with symptoms similar to peptic ulcers?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Yes, lots: The most common is gall bladder disease but gastritis, Crohn's disease, kidney stones, hepatitis, viral gastroenteritis and mono all can have similar presentation to name a few.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Peptic ulcers. What helps healing the most?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Ulcer healing: In treating peptic ulcer disease, it is essential to withdraw potential offending or contributing agents such as nsaids, cigarettes, and excess alcohol. If the bacterium h. Pylori is discovered, your doctor will try to eradicate it. Stress reduction is not believed to have much bearing on healing of ulcers. You should probably avoid foods which cause symptoms (dyspepsia).
A 41-year-old member asked:

Anyone been treated for peptic ulcers solely with OTC meds?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Yes. : Until relatively recently Omeprazole was a prescription drug. The otc variant is half-strength. But how do you know it's peptic ulcer disease and not something even more serious? Try to get an endoscopy for diagnosis then look at your rx options. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Naproxen etc. Could you have h. Pylori?
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for peptic ulcers?

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Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 42 years experience
Peptic ulcers: Historically, ulcers used to be treated with antacid regimens. However, the current treatment involves treating a bacteria called heliobactor pylorii. And using acid blockers as a supplement. So, patients are given antibiotics and advised to use the acid blockers (either on a short or long term basis).
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are signs and symptoms of peptic ulcers?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Varied or none: Pud may present with abd pain, bleeding, nausea/vomiting, early satiety, anorexia or no symptoms at all.

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