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What are the treatment options for ulcers?

Lisa Ganjhu, DO
Gastroenterology

When you think about it, an ulcer is a sore on the stomach. No wonder it hurts! Learn more about what can cause ulcers and which meds can help take the edge off ulcer pain by watching this video featuring gastroenterologist Dr. Lisa Ganjhu.

Since there are different kinds of ulcers, the treatment options for them vary. A saltwater mouth rinse can help relieve the pain of minor canker sores (aphthous ulcers), but larger, painful canker sores might need medicated mouth rinses, topical treatments, or orally-taken drugs. Depending on its severity, a pressure sore (decubitus ulcer, bedsore) may require that you take pressure off of it and wrap it, and serious skin damage may call for antibiotics and surgery. The peptic ulcers in the digestive tract can usually be treated by a combination of oral medications, such as antibiotics and stomach acid reducers. You should discuss the treatment options for your specific ulcer with your caregiver.

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