<p>The term ulcer refers to open sores, which can occur in many parts of the body. Peptic ulcers are sores that develop in the lining of your stomach, esophagus or small intestine. Stomach ulcers usually happen when the stomach lining breaks down as a result of repeated irritation or infection. One culprit is the bacteria H. pylori, which may be responsible for up to 80 percent of all ulcers.</p>Learn more
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Are ulcers serious?
<p>The relative seriousness of ulcers depends upon the kind of ulcer it is and its level of severity. For instance, some ulcers, like canker sores, are usually very minor inconveniences that often do not require any medical attention. Other ulcers, like peptic ulcers or pressure sores (decubitus ulcers), can be serious if they are not treated with complications like internal bleeding, infection, and organ damage.</p>
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