A 29-year-old member asked:
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how can i avoid an ulcer? i'm a student studying under a lot of stress, but i'm worried that i could get an ulcer. what can i do to minimize the chance of an ulcer?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Peptic : Peptic ulcer disease is a condition that is predominantly caused by bacteria called helicobacter pylori. This bacterium is commonly found in people (50-80%) but only a small fraction of people will go on to develop a stomach or duodenal ulcer. There are other causes of ulcers such as stress, smoking cigarettes and frequently taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or nsaids (these include drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, diclofenac, motrin, aleve, advil). Stress is only a very small factor that plays into increasing your risk, and a transient increase in ulcer disease is typically not observed unless there is extreme psychological stress associated with traumatic events (e.g. Earthquakes). In fact, there are no studies that demonstrate any benefit from trying to reduce peptic ulcer disease by preventing stressful psychosocial situations (e.g. Studying for exams). The best way to minimize your chance of an ulcer is to stop smoking and avoid regular use of nsaids.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Jay Bayer
Dr. Jay Bayer answered
50 years experience Family Medicine
Ulcer: Most ulcers are related to bacteria- h. Pylori. Stress can affect gastritis. Consult physician, but can obtain an h-2 blocker like zantac (ranitidine) or pepcid. But recommend 300 mg zantac (ranitidine) bedtime. Add probiotics, like greek style yogurt, add blueberries- excellent antioxidant and culturrelle an otac probiotic.Q need describe symptoms. Stomach ulcers cause discomfort when stomach empty, food helps reduce disc.
Answered on Jun 20, 2015
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