Truth or Myth: Spicy Food Causes Stomach Ulcers

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Super spicy food can make your eyes water, nose run and tongue burn. It is perhaps natural to think that eating spicy food very often will cause stomach ulcers. But scientific evidence shows that stomach ulcers cannot be attributed to spicy food. The culprit behind most cases of stomach ulcers is either infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or overuse of pain medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, often known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Spicy food, coffee, tea, alcohol and excessive stress can worsen ulcer symptoms hence ulcer patients are often advised to abstain from them. If you are experiencing ulcer symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, vomiting, feeling full soon during a meal, it is advisable to contact your doctor. Modifying your diet may temporarily suppress ulcer symptoms but is unlikely to cure it. Most H. pylori-related ulcers can be cured with a course of antibiotics.

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