Can duodenal ulcers be prevented?

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Although most duodenal ulcers are caused by bacteria, some are a result of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin. One way to prevent a duodenal ulcer is by avoiding these types of medications, when possible. If you have the disorder, there are also ways that you can prevent the most common symptom, abdominal pain. To prevent this pain, you can take medications that reduce stomach acid, avoid becoming stressed, and stay away from alcohol and cigarettes. If you?ve had an ulcer before, a doctor may prescribe medication to coat the stomach to prevent further damage.

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Ulcers

Ulcers are caused by too much acid in the stomach, and the reasons for excess acid is usually a bacterial infection or prolonged use of NSAID painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Smoking can also be a culprit. Ulcers ...

cause pain, most often when the stomach is empty or at night. The pain can in the chest, as low as the navel, or as high as the breastbone. Modern treatment is with medicine to kill bacterial infection and to block, suppress, or neutralize excess acid.
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