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Could stomach acid burn you?

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2011-08-05 14:16:18
2011-08-05 14:16:18

Yes, stomach acid can burn. Gastric acid contains hydrochloric acid, which is a very strong acid. However, the lining of the stomach is protected by a layer of mucus, which prevents the acid from burning the stomach. However, a weakness in the mucus layer or excessive production of stomach acid can result in an ulcer.

Excessive vomiting can damage the esophagus due to the burning effects of stomach acid. In addition, excessive vomiting can also damage the teeth for the same reason.

However, it's not easy to get burned by your own stomach acid. You won't hurt yourself if you accidentally get vomit on your skin, for example. However, heavy vomiting and frequent heartburn can cause damage to your esophagus, and ulcers can develop and become very painful. You should eat a proper diet, and always consult a doctor if you have frequent heartburn or other pain symptoms in your stomach or lower chest.

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