The answer is that you really can't, in most cases, without specific antibiotics and a mineral supplement. Up to 95% of duodenal ulcers and up to 75% of gastric ulcers are ultimately caused by the bacterium: Helicobacter pylori which is easily treatable. If infected with this bacterium it is important to get it treated as it is considered a Class 1 carcinogen.
From the US CDC: "Therapy for H. pylori infection consists of 10 days to 2 weeks of one or two effective antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, tetracycline (not to be used for children <12 yrs.), metronidazole, or clarithromycin, plus either ranitidine bismuth citrate, bismuth subsalicylate, or a proton pump inhibitor. Acid suppression by the H2 blocker or proton pump inhibitor in conjunction with the antibiotics helps alleviate ulcer-related symptoms (i.e., abdominal pain, nausea), helps heal gastric mucosal inflammation, and may enhance efficacy of the antibiotics against H. pylori at the gastric
I've had 9 ulcers and none because of h.pylori, I can thank all the NSAIDS drs put me on for fibro. You should not treat it without a dr following you, ulcers can be severe and a dr should be the one to put you on treatment, after he tests you for h. pylori. With the new medications like nexium ulcer treatment is pretty straightforward.
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