Mayo Clinic

Once identified, cause of peptic ulcers should be assessed

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have had a peptic ulcer for about nine months. I've tried over-the-counter medicine and even antibiotics, but it's not getting better. What do you recommend?

ANSWER: Nine months is a long time to treat a peptic ulcer. These ulcers usually heal within several months. If you haven't already done so, consult with a health care provider who specializes in disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. He or she can help you find the underlying cause of your ulcer and decide on the best treatment going forward.

Peptic ulcers are open sores on the inside lining of the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine. It's possible to have a peptic ulcer and not have...