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Are Antibiotics Only Way to Treat Ulcers?

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 05:23 PM

Question: My doctor says I have an ulcer and wants me to take antibiotics. But is there any other way to treat an ulcer?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Peptic ulcers used to be treated with acid-blocking agents alone. Then we discovered a hearty bacteria, H. pylori, is the culprit and eradicating the microbe with antibiotics heals ulcers.
 
There are various other options available, but the treatment courses are more complex than the simple treatment you are used to for a sore throat or ear infection, and last considerably longer. So follow your doctor's advice here.
 
Of course some people elect not to take antibiotics. But they have to resort to older treatments using acid-blocking agents — such as H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors — with higher recurrence rates than with combination treatment involving antibiotics.

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