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Ulcer

Peptic ulcer disease, commonly called ulcers, is very common and refers to painful sores or ulcers in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine. The ulcers erode the lining of these areas and can lead to significant pain and bleeding. The good news is that in most cases ulcers can be cured if treated properly.

What Causes Ulcers in Dallas TX?

The two primary causes of ulcers in the Dallas TX area are Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
  • H. pylori is a bacterium that causes chronic inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach. H. pylori infection is most likely acquired by ingesting contaminated food and water, and through person-to-person contact.
  • NSAIDS are medications with pain and fever reducing effects. The most common NSAIDs are aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.

What Are the Symptoms of Ulcers?

  • Abdominal pain
  • Appetite changes
  • Bloating
  • Dark blood in stools or stools that are black or tarry
  • Early sense of fullness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss

How Are Ulcers Treated?

If the cause is H. pylori then the treatment regimen will consist of taking antibiotics to cure the bacteria infection.

If the cause is NSAIDS treatment aims to reduce acid production in order to allow the ulcer to heal, using a PPI or in some cases another type of medicine called a H2 antagonist.

If you suffer from the symptoms described above, you are encouraged to make an appointment with James Hakert, M.D. to examine your symptoms further and suggest possible treatment options.




James Hakert, M.D.
8220 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 214 Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 368-6707
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