Peptic Ulcers (cont.)
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Peptic Ulcer Prevention
Peptic ulcers can be prevented by avoiding things that break down the stomach's protective barrier and increase stomach acid secretion. These include alcohol, smoking, aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and caffeine.
Preventing infection with H pylori is a matter of avoiding contaminated food and water and adhering to strict standards of personal hygiene. Wash hands carefully with warm water and soap every time the bathroom is used, diaper changed, and before and after preparing food.
If you need the pain relief and anti-inflammatory action of aspirin or an NSAID, you can reduce your risk of ulcers by trying the following:
Following the treatment recommendations of your health care professional can help prevent recurrence of ulcers. This includes taking all medications as prescribed, especially if you have H pylori infection.
Michael W Stratemeier, MD
Lisa Vignogna, MD
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