What causes stomach ulcers?

Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • H. pylori infection:  This is currently considered to be the most common cause of stomach ulcers.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can irritate the stomach lining and cause ulcers.
  • Use of blood thinning medications (anticoagulants) and aspirin: These medications can increase the risk of bleeding from an ulcer.
  • Smoking and alcohol: Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can also increase the risk of developing an ulcer.
  • Certain medical conditions: Some medical conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, a rare condition in which a tumor in the pancreas or duodenum secretes excess amounts of acid, can increase the risk of developing stomach ulcers.

It is important to note that, in some cases, the cause of a stomach ulcer may be unknown. In any case, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider if you suspect you have a stomach ulcer, so that the underlying cause can be identified, and appropriate treatment can be given.

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