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Peptic Ulcers: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments

When we hear the word “ulcer” it just gives us a shudder because as most people know, an ulcer is an open sore. There’s nothing nice about that! If you thought that was bad, now think of this, an open sore that is located inside the body…in the stomach. Yikes! This is a peptic ulcer. They can also develop on the small intestine which is called a duodenum. That sounds incredibly painful, and it is. While it’s bad enough that these can cause pain and discomfort, they can also cause complications like internal bleeding, blockages, and a perforation (a whole) in the digestive system which requires immediate medical attention.

To help avoid any serious complications from an ulcer, we’ve created an informative list on everything a person should know about peptic ulcers including their signs and symptoms, causes, and possible treatment. Take a look…

1. What are Peptic Ulcers?

As we’ve already mentioned, an ulcer is an open sore. So what’s a peptic ulcer? Well a peptic ulcer is one that develops inside the stomach, but they can also be found on the small intestine. In summary, there are two different types of peptic ulcers: gastric ulcer which develops on the stomach lining and duodenal ulcer which grows at the top of the small intestine, says WebMD. A peptic ulcer develops when the “stomach acids etch away your digestive tract’s protective layer of mucus,” writes WebMD. Not surprisingly, they often result in a great deal of pain and discomfort, but what’s scary is that they don’t always present any symptoms which means a person could have them and not be aware. In severe cases they can lead to internal bleeding, perforation or obstruction of the digestive system.

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