What can I do to prevent peptic ulcers?


To help prevent ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), you should:

Wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom and before eating. Eat food that has been washed well and cooked properly. Drink water from a clean, safe source.

To help prevent ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), you should:

Stop using NSAIDs, if possible. Take NSAIDs with a meal, if you still need NSAIDs. Use a lower dose of NSAIDs. Ask your doctor about medicines to protect your stomach and duodenum while taking NSAIDs. Ask your doctor about switching to a medicine that won't cause ulcers. This answer is based on the source infromation from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Continue Learning about Digestive Health

Digestive Health

Digestive Health

The digestive system includes all parts of the body that process food and expel waste, from your mouth to the end of your digestive tract. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract prevent your body from effectively using the food yo...

u eat. Learn more about digestive health from our experts.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.