H. pylori infection is a common cause of peptic ulcer disease. Washing hands often and only drinking water from a safe source can help lower this risk.
Smoking causes inflammation and increases stomach acid.
Alcohol can irritate the stomach lining. The risk of ulcers in higher in those who drink and take certain medicines, such as NSAIDs. Limit alcohol to two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
- Review Date: 11/2019 -
- Update Date: 02/03/2020 -