A 25-year-old female asked:
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should a person fast after melena(due to corticosteroids) to let the upper gi tract heal?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not necessarily: The lining of the gastrointestinal tract generally heals pretty quickly. Fasting is probably not necessary. Avoiding things that could aggravate the lining of the GI tract like aspirin, alcohol and nicotine should be done. Discontinuing the steroids as quickly as possible under the direction of your physician would be important to.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Sathya Jaganmohan
20 years experience Gastroenterology
Please talk to MD: Melena is a sign of internal bleeding and needs to be evaluated by your doctor or in the er immediately.
Answered on Jul 1, 2017

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