Common Symptoms And Causes Of Ulcer

Ulcers are sores on the lining of the stomach or small intestine. Sores also could be on your throat. Most ulcers are located in the small intestine. These ulcers are called duodenal ulcers. Stomach ulcers are called gastric ulcers. Ulcers in the throat are called esophageal ulcers.

Symptoms of an Ulcer:

  • Discomfort between meals or during the night (duodenal ulcer)
  • Discomfort when you eat or drink (gastric ulcer)
  • Stomach pain that wakes you up at night
  • Feel full fast
  • Bloating, burning, or dull pain in your stomach
  • The discomfort lasts for minutes or hour


If the ulcer becomes perforated (torn), it becomes a bleeding ulcer. This can cause the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting blood
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Blood in your stool or dark stool
  • Pain in your back

Causes of Ulcer

Most ulcers are caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). This is a bacterial infection. Acids from foods we eat can make the pain or discomfort worse. Long-term use of aspirin or anti-inflammatory medicines (ibuprofen) are also a common cause of ulcers. Stress and spicy foods can make an ulcer worse.

Read also: 5 Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

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