When To Call A Professional
Call for medical advice if you have persistent abdominal pain or indigestion, or need to take antacids frequently to prevent these symptoms. Seek emergency care if you experience a sudden sharp pain in your upper abdomen, bloody or black vomit, or maroon or black stools.
Before H. pylori was identified, many people had peptic ulcers for years. Now, with proper treatment, the outlook for peptic ulcers is excellent. However, people who have had a peptic ulcer should avoid aspirin, NSAIDs and smoking to prevent ulcers from returning.
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