Prognosis and Prevention of Peptic Ulcer Disease

When the underlying cause for peptic ulcer disease is successfully treated, the prognosis (expected outcome) for patients with the condition is excellent. To help prevent peptic ulcers, avoid the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Common sources of Helicobacter pylori bacteria (e.g., contaminated food and water, floodwater, raw sewage)
  • Long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Smoking

Good hygiene can help reduce the risk for peptic ulcer disease caused by Helicobacter pylori infection. Washing the hands thoroughly with warm soapy water after using the restroom and before eating and avoiding sharing eating utensils and drinking glasses also can reduce the spread of bacteria that can cause PUD.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 12 Mar 2008

Last Modified: 20 Sep 2010