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Peptic Ulcers (cont.)

Peptic Ulcer Self-Care at Home

Home care for peptic ulcers often centers on neutralizing the stomach acid.

  • Don't smoke, and avoid coffee and alcohol. These habits increase gastric acid production and weaken the mucosal barrier of the GI tract promoting ulcer formation and slowing ulcer healing.
  • Don't take aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Acetaminophen is a good substitute for some conditions. If acetaminophen doesn't help, talk to your health care professional about alternatives.
  • If your symptoms are mild, try an over-the-counter antacid or nonprescription histamine (H2) blocker to neutralize stomach acid. Usually stronger prescription medications are needed.

No particular diet is helpful for people with peptic ulcers.

  • At one time a bland diet and avoidance of spicy or greasy foods was recommended.
  • We now know that diet has little effect on ulcers. In some people, however, certain foods seem to aggravate symptoms. Avoid eating any foods that aggravate symptoms.
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