Medication is used to treat abdominal pain caused by ulcers, GERD or inflammation, while abdominal pain from a hernia or appendicitis may require surgery, according to WebMD. Abdominal pain due to infection may be treated with antibiotics, while food-related abdominal pain can be remedied by avoiding the problem food.
Abdominal pain can be related to some conditions that may be treated with over-the-counter medications, including indigestion, gas and constipation. Other causes of abdominal pain may require treatment by a physician, including abdominal pain caused by food allergies, food poisoning, pelvic inflammatory disease, gallstones, kidney stones, endometriosis, Crohn’s disease and urinary tract infections, notes WebMD.
Although some symptoms of abdominal pain are innocuous, others are a cause for concern, according to WebMD. When abdominal pain is accompanied by fever, painful or frequent urination, the inability to have a bowel movement, or the inability to keep food down over a period of several days, it is important to seek medical attention. This is also true when abdominal pain is experienced in conjunction with an abdomen that is tender to the touch or the result of an injury. Seek out help immediately for abdominal pain with bloody vomiting, bloody stools or difficulty breathing or when experienced by someone who is pregnant.