What causes peptic ulcer?
The most common cause of peptic ulcer is infection with the H pylori bacteria. Other causes of peptic ulcers include alcohol use, tobacco use, and prolonged use of medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that can damage the lining of the stomach and duodenum. Severe illness and radiation therapy may also be associated with peptic ulcers.
What are the risk factors for a peptic ulcer?
A number of factors increase the risk of developing peptic ulcers. Not all people with risk factors will get peptic ulcers. Risk factors for peptic ulcers include:
- Alcohol abuse
- H pylori infection
- History of radiation therapy
- Regularly taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve), or aspirin
- Stress or severe illness
- Tobacco use
Reducing your risk of a peptic ulcer
- Not drinking alcohol or limiting alcohol intake to no more than two drinks per day for a man and one drink per day for a woman
- Not using or minimizing the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Not using tobacco products
- Regular medical care
What is a peptic ulcer?
A peptic ulcer is a localized area of erosion occurring in the stomach or duodenal (the beginning of the small intestine) lining, resulting in abdominal pain, possible bleeding, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. The most common cause of peptic ulcer is a stomach infection associated with the Helicobacter pylo... Read more about peptic ulcer introduction
What are the symptoms of peptic ulcer?
Peptic ulcer causes inflammation and damage to the stomach lining that may result in a number of symptoms. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.... Read more about peptic ulcer symptoms