Health Tip: Help Heal Your Ulcer

woman with abdominal pain

(HealthDay News) -- An ulcer is a sore that usually forms in the stomach, esophagus or intestines.

Most ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection, but acids in the stomach can contribute to them, making ulcers more painful.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help an ulcer heal:

  • Don't smoke.
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
  • Avoid caffeinated foods and beverages, and alcohol.
  • If spicy foods give you heartburn, stay away from them.
  • Avoid foods or drinks that cause you pain or discomfort.

-- Diana Kohnle

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