According to Healthline, ulcers and bleeding ulcers are referred to as peptic ulcers, and these types of ulcers can manifest a number of different symptoms. Most commonly, symptoms include a burning sensation or pain in the area between the chest and belly button. In most cases, this pain is more severe when the stomach is empty and can last for a few minutes or several hours.
Additionally, Healthline includes other symptoms such as dull or burning pain in the stomach, weight loss, bloating, burping, heartburn and vomiting or nausea, although some of these symptoms are less common. The American Gastroenterological Association also includes vomiting blood, the presence of blood in the stool and loss of appetite as potential symptoms of peptic ulcers. The Association estimates that 4 million people currently have stomach ulcers, and one in 10 people will develop them at some point in life.
Factors that contribute to the development of peptic ulcers, as stated by the American Gastroenterological Association, include the H.pylori bacteria. This bacteria is likely contracted through contaminated water supplies, fecal-oral or oral-oral transmissions. Healthline also includes the excessive use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and Zollinger-Ellison disease as additional causes for the development of peptic ulcers.