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Should I talk to my doctor about my ulcer symptoms?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Whether or not you need to talk to your doctor about your ulcer symptoms depends on the kind of ulcer you think you have, as well as the severity of the pain you are experiencing. If your ulcer symptoms are interfering with your life, it is a good idea to ask your doctor about them. Often, you can treat canker sores (aphthous ulcers) and early stage bed sores (decubitus ulcers) at home. However, it never hurts to ask your doctor for advice. If you are experiencing ulcer symptoms inside your body, such as a peptic ulcer in the digestive tract, you should talk to your doctor. Medicine from the drug store might help you feel better, but it will not address the problem on a long-term basis. An untreated peptic ulcer may cause infection, internal bleeding, or even a build-up of scar tissue in your digestive tract that can impede the flow of food through your body.

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