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How Do You Know If You Have an Ulcer?

Peptic Ulcer Symptoms

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  • Peptic ulcers occur in the stomach (gastric) or duodenum (duodenal) and affect 5.9 million Americans
  • Sometimes they may heal on their own, but more commonly they require your attention to reduce the bacteria causing the condition
  • Using antacids, proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers alone may reduce your symptoms temporarily but may also worsen the condition long-term

By Dr. Mercola

Slightly less than 7 percent, or 15.9 million Americans, have been diagnosed with ulcers.1 Approximately 500,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Although treatment has improved after physicians acknowledged the primary cause of ulcers, the number of new cases has not declined.

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