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  • Medications

    Your gastrointestinal (GI) doctor may prescribe medication to reduce your stomach acids.

  • Antibiotics

    Your GI doctor may prescribe antibiotic medication to kill the H. pylori bacteria.

  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

    This treatment is used for peptic ulcers that are bleeding a lot or not healing.

  • Surgery

    Surgery may be required if the EGD fails and the ulcer has caused a tear.

  • Lifestyle modifications

    You should avoid drinking too much alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or chewing tobacco.




  • Upper gastrointestinal (GI) series

    This test checks your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine. You will swallow a metallic fluid called barium to make your organs visible on an X-ray.

  • Upper endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy)

    This test looks at the lining or inside of your esophagus, stomach, and your small intestine using a thin, lighted tube that has a camera at one end (endoscope). We place the tube into your stomach through your mouth.

  • Blood test

    A blood test can check for infection-fighting cells (antibodies) that indicate you have H. pylori.

  • Stool culture

    This can check for the presence of H. pylori bacteria.

  • Urea breathe test

    This test checks to see how much carbon dioxide is in your breath when you exhale. If you have H. pylori, the urea will break down and become carbon dioxide. You will have a sample taken of your breath by breathing into a bag.