What Does an Ulcer Feel Like?

By albert
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An ulcer is a painful sore that doesn’t heal easily. Ulcers are quite common and they can recur. Ulcers can appear in different ways and on different parts of the body, and their symptoms can vary from one person to another, depending on the type and where it is located in the body.

In other words, an ulcer can appear on any part of the body, both internally and externally. Treatment for ulcers vary and is usually determined on the basis of the type of ulcer. Some ulcers disappear without treatment, others require medical treatment, and some can be very difficult to treat. Peptic ulcers are the most common. Other types include oral ulcers, genital ulcers, arterial ulcers, and venous ulcers.

1. Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers affect three parts of the gastrointestinal tract: the stomach, the esophagus, and the first segment of the duodenum. These ulcers result from damage to the respective walls by gastric juices, H. pylori infections, and chronic use of painkillers. The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is a generalized, burning abdominal pain. Other symptoms include bloating, decreased appetite, belching, chronic heartburn, nausea, vomiting, unexplained weight loss, and chest pain.


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