A doctor's physical exam is often enough to diagnose a hernia. Sometimes hernia swelling is visible when you stand upright; usually, the hernia can be felt if you place your hand directly over it and then bear down. Ultrasound may be used to see a femoral hernia, and abdominal X-rays may be ordered to determine if a bowel obstruction is present.
Proton pump inhibitors may be taken with antibiotics if
the ulcer is caused by an H. pylori infection.
Medicines to kill H. pylori
combination drug therapy to cure infection with
H. pylori bacteria. Combination drug therapy usually
includes at least two antibiotics, a proton pump inhibitor, and sometimes a
Medicines to prevent ulcers
Medicines used to protect the stomach from damage caused by frequent use of aspirin or other NSAIDs include:
H2 blockers (such as cimetidine). These medicines may help prevent ulcers in people taking NSAIDs long-term.
Prostaglandin analogs (such as misoprostol). These medicines also work to prevent ulcers and problems from ulcers (such as bleeding) in people taking NSAIDs long-term.
What To Think About
Ulcers in the stomach (gastric
ulcers) often heal more slowly than ulcers in the upper small intestine
You can get some H2 blockers and PPIs without a prescription (over-the-counter or OTC). If you are using OTC acid
reducers (such as Prilosec or Pepcid) to help with your symptoms for
more than 10 to 14 days at a time, or if your symptoms are very bad, be sure to see your doctor.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 24, 2010
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