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The severe acidity of the stomach was thought to be too extreme for bacteria to survive.

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Q: Why was it originally thought that bacteria could not be the cause of stomach ulcers?
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Can stomach ulcers be hereditary?

No, Stomach ulcers are caused by a bacteria. A course of antibiotics will cure the problem.


How peoples ideas have changed about stomach ulcers?

A survey carried out in America in 1995 showed that: 90% of people with ulcers blamed them on stress. 60% of people with ulcers blamed them on food. Two years latter anther survey showed that: 60% of people thought that stress caused ulcers. 17% of people thought spicy foods caused ulcers and 27% of people thought that bacteria caused ulcers.


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What do doctors give people with stomach ulcers today?

Antibiotics. A major contributor to ulcers is the helicobacter pylori bacteria.


How can we avoid ulcers?

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Can being overweight cause stomach ulcers?

it can, even if your too skinny Another answer: Most stomach ulcers are caused by bacteria and can be treated by antibiotics. They have nothing to do with your weight.


What type of bacteria commonly lives in your stomach and cause ulcers?

due to its high acid level the stomach is normally quite sterile with very little bacteria. The bacteria which is known to cause ulcers is helicobacter pylori, also known as H.pylori.


What are causes of ulcers?

Ulcers are caused by the thinning of mucous on the stomach walls. When there is no mucous, the walls of the stomach are exposed to the hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Many ulcers in the stomach are caused by a bacteria called Helcobacter pylori. Luckily, many testing options (including a simple breath test) and treatments are available for eradicating the bacteria; at that point, the ulcer will heal.


What is the name of the bacteria that is responsible for causing ulcers in humans?

The stomach bacteria most often responsible for causing ulcers in humans is Helicobacter Pylori. This bacteria can inhibit the stomach and the early portion of the small intestines. Currently, it is estimated that over half the world's population harbor this bacteria (although its prevalence in developed countries is lowering). Its released enzymes causes inflammation in the stomach lining and leads to the development of ulcers.


Is a stomach ulcer caused by a microbe?

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How has the scientific understanding of the cause of peptic ulcers changed in recent years?

Changes in the approach to peptic ulcers is not so recent but has been evolving over the last 10-15 years. Before, all stomach ulcers were thought to be caused by a combination of stress and too much stomach acid. Now, though, doctors believe the bacteria H-Pylori causes a large percentage of peptic ulcers, stomach acid, and reflux.


Which genus of bacteria causes stomach ulcers?

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