Ulcers are open wounds that can be caused by a number of reasons. They are quite common in the mouth, although they are usually quite harmless if painless. They can also occur in the stomach and this can be problematic.
Around five million people in the United States have a stomach ulcer at any one time, with around 500,000 new cases being reported every year.
Stomach ulcers can be notoriously uncomfortable and make it difficult for the patient to eat. A range of unwelcome symptoms can arise. While they are treatable, they can be serious and sometimes require surgery to allow the patient to lead a normal life.
An Ulcer Sign #1: Dry Cough
If something gets into your airways that shouldn’t be there, then it is likely to be forced from the body pretty quickly. This helps to keep the airways clear and also helps to remove pathogens and anything else that might be harmful. One way to remove unwanted items from the body is through coughing.
An ulcer can lead to stomach contents rising up the airways. When this reaches the back of the throat, it is likely to trigger a cough in an attempt to remove it from the body. The cough is usually described as dry and tickly and is experienced more commonly at night.