If left untreated, ulcers can lead to internal bleeding and infection, so it’s important to get a doctor’s care right away. A gastroenterologist specializes in ulcers, so Maninder Guram, MD, at Texas Gastroenterology Associates in Tomball, Texas, has the best qualifications to treat your condition. Dr. Guram serves the Tomball community with his expertise in finding and caring for ulcers using the most effective treatments. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Guram by calling or going online today.
Ulcers are open sores on or inside the body that are slow to heal. Peptic ulcers form inside your stomach lining or small intestine. Stomach pain is the primary symptom of peptic ulcers, but you may also experience heartburn, nausea, and bloating.
Dr. Guram commonly sees two types of peptic ulcers at his practice:
Long-term use of pain relievers and bacterial infections are the two primary causes of peptic ulcers. The resultant acid eats away at the stomach and intestinal walls until it creates an open sore.
Many people blame their ulcers on stress and spicy foods. Those factors don’t cause ulcers, but they can worsen them. Drinking alcohol and smoking can also increase your risk of developing ulcers.
Worsening ulcers can lead to internal bleeding. Blackened or bloody stool or vomit are symptoms of internal bleeding. If acid eats a hole through your stomach lining, it can leave you susceptible to serious infection. The inflammation and swelling around an ulcer can obstruct your digestive system, making you sick and unable to eat.
To minimize complications, contact Dr. Guram if you experience stomach pain or any symptoms listed here. He can perform lab and imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis and provide proper treatment.
Treatment for ulcers depends on the cause. If you test positive for bacterial infection, Dr. Guram targets the infection with antibiotics. If the frequent use of aspirin or ibuprofen led to your ulcers, Dr. Guram can help you manage pain without those particular pain relievers. He can also recommend or prescribe medication, such as antacids, to help your ulcer heal.
Most of the time, if you’re diligent about following Dr. Guram’s recommendations, your ulcers heal. If you’re experiencing stomach pain or suspect ulcers, make an appointment with Dr. Guram to identify and treat your condition.