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Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous bacterial infections?

Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous bacterial infections?

No: It only increases your chance of suffering from heartburn or swallowing problems. If you have either, see your physician. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous fungal infections?

Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous fungal infections?

No: Hiatal hernias are generally only of consequence when very large. These large hiatal hernias are called paraesophageal hernias. They can cause symptoms like chest pain, difficulty swallowing, reflux, and anemia to name a few. Not sure why you are linking these to fungal infections, but there is no obvious connection. If vomiting is a problem, recurrent pneumonia could have a fungal element. ...Read more

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Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous sepsis?

Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous sepsis?

No: It does increase your risk of esophageal cancer and aspiration of gastric (stomach) contents into your lungs; that said most people with a hiatal hernia don't get either of those problems. Sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock don't have a known statistical relationship to hiatal hernias. ...Read more

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Can my hiatal hernia increase my chance of an ulcer?

Can my hiatal hernia increase my chance of an ulcer?

No: No but having a hiatal hernia may increase your risk of reflux into esophagus and perhaps increase your risk of asthma and esophageal ca if not properly managed by lifestyle and treatment. Also one should check for h.Pylori infection with hiatal hernia to make sure that one is not at risk for ulcers from this cause. And finally one should not eat within 2 hours of sleep to decrease reflux risk. ...Read more

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Can HIV increase my chances of dangerous infections?

Can HIV increase my chances of dangerous infections?

Potentially: Poorly controlled HIV results in a condition where your own immune system is not capable of fighting off even common viruses and bacteria. So yes, HIV can increase your change of dangerous infections. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having bacterial vaginosis in the 3rd trimester i'm 33 weeks, will it kill my baby?

What are the risks of having bacterial vaginosis in the 3rd trimester i'm 33 weeks, will it kill my baby?

No: Bacterial vaginosis will not kill your baby. It's an easy bacteria to test for, so if you're concerned, make an apt with your doctor to get tested. It will ease your mind. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with small Hiatal Hernia. No GERD at all. What are the chances it grows and gives me GERD in future. 23yo 145lbs. It hapnd frm Hevy lifting ?

Diagnosed with small Hiatal Hernia. No GERD at all. What are the chances it grows and gives me GERD in future. 23yo 145lbs. It hapnd frm Hevy lifting ?

Yes It can develop.: Heavy lifting doesn't always have too much to do with hiatal hernia as opposed to a groin hernia. A small hiatal hernia can certainly get bigger. The GERD or the reflux can be prevented or minimized by paying attention to your lifestyle in avoiding the late or the large meals and also in using an extra pillow when needed. Watch your weight. ...Read more

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Why does pregnancy increase my chance of gallstones?

Why does pregnancy increase my chance of gallstones?

Hormonal Effects: The gallbladder is a muscular sac that essentially squirts bile into the intestines to help digestion. The increased estrogen levels of pregnancy relax the muscle a bit, so the bile sits around more in the gallbladder. This "stagnant" bile, combined with some changes in the chemicals in bile related to pregnancy favor more stones forming than when you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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I have a 2cm hiatal hernia no symptoms. Chances of it growing in the future ?

I have a 2cm hiatal hernia no symptoms. Chances of it growing in the future ?

Heartburn symptoms?: The size of the hernia is not as important as the presence of symptoms. It is very common to have a hiatal hernia without symptoms. In that setting there is not much cause for concern. Symptoms of reflux, heartburn, trouble swallowing, regurgitation, as well as other atypical symptoms. Weight gain, excessive straining, tight fitting clothes, are some of the reasons symptoms appear or worsen. ...Read more

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Can my cancer treatment increase my risk for bacterial infections?

Yes: Cancer treatment can lower white counts and therefore the immune response to bacteria. Bacteria is everywhere and ready to penetrate our natural barriers and with a weakened immune system the risk increases. Also with radiation the natural barrier of the mucosa, skin and the local immune cells in places like our intestines are all effected. This is why with get blood regularly for testing. ...Read more

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Does having a common cold increase my risk of getting myocarditis ?, and does myocarditis always need treatment?

Does having a common cold increase my risk of getting myocarditis ?, and does myocarditis always need treatment?

Yes and usually: its unusual occurrence -consider how many people in the world get a cold and the actual rates of viral myocarditis - its less than 1 %. Most myocarditis causes s/s but it can be subclinical. ...Read more

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Can my small hiatal hernia cause my palpitations? And how come it is not dangerous when it presses against heart?

Can my small hiatal hernia cause my palpitations?  And how come it is not dangerous when it presses against heart?

Palpitations : Palpitations are very non specific and can occur with any conditions. In fact are one of the most common reasons for consults as outpatients. It will not hurt your heart because it presses softly if at all and what you will experience is reflux disease and likely palpitations. ...Read more

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I'm 9 weeks pregnant and have a stomach virus. Will this virus negatively affect my fetus in any way?

I'm 9 weeks pregnant and have a stomach virus.  Will this virus negatively affect my fetus in any way?

It shouldn't. : Stay well hydrated, rest up and if you have trouble eating and/or drinking, you should contact your OB. The body is a remarkable self-healing machine and your developing fetus is protected from common infections like this one. Good luck! ...Read more

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