(HealthDay News) -- An ulcer is a sore that usually forms in the stomach, esophagus or intestines.
Most ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection, but acids in the stomach can contribute to them, making ulcers more painful.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help an ulcer heal:
- Don't smoke.
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
- Avoid caffeinated foods and beverages, and alcohol.
- If spicy foods give you heartburn, stay away from them.
- Avoid foods or drinks that cause you pain or discomfort.