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Can certain foods cause ulcers?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

For most kinds of ulcers, food is not considered a possible cause. Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) may be caused by food allergies, but otherwise, food has little effect on the development of ulcers. Doctors once thought that spicy foods could cause ulcers, but now the bacterial cause of ulcers has been discovered. However, spicy or acidic foods may aggravate an ulcer, so avoid these foods if need be. Medications, like aspirin and ibuprofen, are more likely than foods to cause ulcers, and should be used only as directed.

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