Peritonitis is an inflammation of the peritoneum, the tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers and supports most of your abdominal organs. Peritonitis is usually caused by infection from bacteria or fungi.
Left untreated, peritonitis can rapidly spread into the blood (sepsis) and to other organs, resulting in multiple organ failure and death. So if you develop any of the symptoms of peritonitis -- the most common of which is severe abdominal pain -- it's essential to seek prompt...
You have new belly pain or
belly pain that does not go away.
If you have been diagnosed with a peptic ulcer
and medical treatment is not helping, call your doctor. Waiting until your
symptoms get worse can be serious.
If you don't know if you have
a peptic ulcer and you don't have any of the emergency symptoms listed above,
you may try taking an antacid or nonprescription acid reducer and other home
treatment, such as making changes to your diet.
If your symptoms don't get better after 10 to
14 days, call your doctor.
If your symptoms go away after you take
antacids or acid reducers and try home treatment, but then the symptoms come
back, call your doctor.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 15, 2013
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