Medical Q&As

Oesophageal ulcer - special diet?

I have been diagnosed as having an oesophageal ulcer. What diet should I be following?

There are no specific dietary regimes that would be recommended in your case. In the past bland diets were recommended, which were predominantly low in fibre, largely milky in consistency with a protein content largely consisting of boiled chicken and fish. Not only were such diets unsuccessful in alleviating the problem but also they were unpalatable. As a general rule it is recommended that you exclude any foods from the diet, which you have found through personal experience aggravated your symptoms. Hot spicy foods and very hot liquids should be avoided. Alcohol particularly in the form of strong spirits is also probably best avoided.