Peptic Ulcer Disease Specialist

Southwest Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologist located in Goodyear, AZ

As small, open sores on the inside lining of your stomach, esophagus, or duodenum, peptic ulcers can cause burning pain and discomfort. At Southwest Gastroenterology in Goodyear, Arizona, you find fast and efficient relief for a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions. Under an expert team of dedicated physicians, patients find highly-personalized care and the most advanced treatment methods. Book an appointment today using the easy online scheduling tool.

Peptic Ulcer Disease Q & A

What are peptic ulcers?

A peptic ulcer is a small sore that develops in the lining of the stomach, the esophagus, or the duodenum. Peptic ulcers create an inflammatory response in the body that can cause extreme burning and pain.

When an ulcer occurs in the stomach, it’s called a gastric ulcer. An ulcer in the duodenal is a duodenal ulcer, while one in the esophagus is an esophageal ulcer.

What causes peptic ulcers?

Peptic ulcers happen when acid eats away at the lining of the stomach, the small intestine, or the esophagus. Where there’s too much acid or not enough mucus in the digestive tract, this creates the perfect environment for ulcers. Some causes of ulcers include:

Medication use

Regular use of over-the-counter pain relievers, steroids, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), anticoagulants, or other medications can increase your chances of developing ulcers.

H. pylori

Helicobacter pylori, often called H. pylori, is a bacteria that lives in the digestive tract but can sometimes cause inflammation and ulcers when it multiplies or spreads.

Smoking

Smoking can cause ulcers and create complications during ulcer treatment, such as bleeding or perforation.

What are the symptoms of peptic ulcers?

Peptic ulcers can cause several symptoms. They include:

  • Burning pain in the stomach
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • A bloated or full feeling

You might also experience appetite changes, weight loss, or a feeling of faintness. If you experience blood in the stool, trouble breathing, or vomiting, seek immediate medical care.

How are peptic ulcers treated?

Ulcer treatment varies depending on the cause. Some common methods include:

Antibiotics

If H. pylori is the cause of your ulcers, antibiotics can help kill this bacteria and restore balance to your digestive tract.

Medications

Certain drugs, like proton pump inhibitors or histamine blockers, can reduce stomach acid and improve your symptoms.

Lifestyle changes

While acidic foods don’t cause ulcers, they may contribute to your symptoms. Dietary changes can help you experience less pain and discomfort.

The team at Southwest Gastroenterology can help you decide which treatment methods will work best for you. To schedule an appointment today, use the easy online booking tool.