When we hear the word “ulcer” it just gives us a shudder because as most people know, an ulcer is an open sore. There’s nothing nice about that! If you thought that was bad, now think of this, an open sore that is located inside the body…in the stomach. Yikes! This is a peptic ulcer. They can also develop in the first portion of the small intestine, which is called the duodenum. That sounds incredibly painful, and it is. While it’s bad enough that these ulcers can cause pain and discomfort, they can also cause complications, such as internal bleeding, obstructions, and perforations (or holes) in the digestive system, that require immediate medical attention.
To help avoid any serious complications from an ulcer, we’ve created an informative list of everything a person should know about peptic ulcers, including the symptoms, causes, and possible treatments. Take a look…
What are Peptic Ulcers?
As we’ve already mentioned, an ulcer is an open sore. So, what’s a peptic ulcer? Well a peptic ulcer is one that develops inside the stomach, but they can also be found in the small intestine. In summary, there are two different types of peptic ulcers: gastric ulcers which develop in the lining of the stomach, and duodenal ulcers which develop in the first portion of the small intestine (duodenum), says WebMD.
A peptic ulcer develops when the “stomach acids etch away your digestive tract’s protective layer of mucus,” writes WebMD. Not surprisingly, they often result in a great deal of pain and discomfort, but what’s scary is that they don’t always present any symptoms which means a person could have them and not be aware of it. In severe cases, they can lead to internal bleeding, perforation or obstruction of the digestive system.