Are ulcers serious?

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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.

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Ulcers

Ulcers

Ulcers are caused by too much acid in the stomach, and the reasons for excess acid is usually a bacterial infection or prolonged use of NSAID painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Smoking can also be a culprit. Ulcers ...

cause pain, most often when the stomach is empty or at night. The pain can in the chest, as low as the navel, or as high as the breastbone. Modern treatment is with medicine to kill bacterial infection and to block, suppress, or neutralize excess acid.
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