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Stomach Pain Myths Vs. Facts

 

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Myth: Eating spicy foods causes stomach ulcers.

Fact: While it's true that certain foods aggravate ulcers, they don't cause them. In up to 95% of cases, a gastrointestinal bacterium called Helicobacter pylori is to blame. One of every two people catch this bug by the time they're 60, though most never know it. (It's thought to be spread through person-to-person contact like kissing or consuming contaminated food or water.) Just 10% of people develop ulcers. Research shows you have a greater likelihood of being plagued by these stomach sores if you regularly take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). So if you need constant pain relief, consider switching to acetaminophen.

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