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How do I know if I have stomach worms?

How do I know if I have stomach worms?

Parasites: Parasites in the intestines usually cause symptoms of diarrhea, weight loss, blood in the stool and anemia. Test can be done to check for parasites. Most commonly is a stool ova and parasite test checking for the parasite itself, and the eggs laid by the parasite. Check with your doctor if you have these aymptoms, or are concerned about parasites. ...Read more

Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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How do I know if I have a bug phobia?

How do I know if I have a bug phobia?

Unreasonable fears: If you have unreasonable fears about bugs and avoid them more than is warranted or more than other people do, you may have a bug phobia. Persistent fear, avoidance, reaction out of proportion to true danger, irrational fears, interference with daily function--all of these factors are seen with phobias. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a stomach problem or am just hungry?

How do I know if I have a stomach problem or am just hungry?

Stomach upset: The suffix "itis" means "inflammation". The prefix "gastro" means "stomach." The term "gastritis" thus means an "inflammed stomach." This is often used imprecisely to mean stomach upset, which can derive from both acid & non-acid causes, slow emptying of the stomach, H.pylori infection, atrophic & hypersecretory problems. Once reassured after a few simple tests, consider an acid blocker trial. ...Read more

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How could i know if I have a stomach cancer?

How could i know if I have a stomach cancer?

Pain, anemia: You are too young for it unless you have family hx. Stomach pain, mass, blood vomiting, black stool, low blood, low b12, macrocytic anemia, obstructive features like vomiting, anorexia, wt loss is common. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have appendicitis or just a stomach ache/constipation?

How do I know if I have appendicitis or just a stomach ache/constipation?

If worried, see doc: The classic symptoms of appendicitis are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant (rlq) of the abdomen, some nausea and vomiting, and lack of appetite. On exam, there is rlq tenderness. If the appendix has ruptured, pain and tenderness may be throughout the abdomen. Labs generally show elevated white blood count. Abdominal ultrasound or ct scan are increasingly used for dx. ...Read more

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What do I do if I think I have a GI infection?

What do I do if I think I have a GI infection?

It depends: Infections most often cause diarrhea, often accompanied by pain or bloating. Diarrhea is often due to viruses and treated by clear fluids or electrolye drinks, then bland food (bananas, rice, etc) until it improves. Vomiting is treated similarly. You should see your doctor asap if there's blood passed, severe pain, high fevers. Or you cannot keep down enough fluids, or if recent travel abroad. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have appendicitis or is it just gas?

I need help! How do I know if I have appendicitis or is it just gas?

If worried, see doc: The classic symptoms of appendicitis are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant (RLQ) of the abdomen, some nausea and vomiting, and lack of appetite. On exam, there is RLQ tenderness. If the appendix has ruptured, pain and tenderness may be throughout the abdomen. Labs generally show elevated white blood count. Abdominal ultrasound or CT scan are increasingly used for dx. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a mosquito allergy?

How do I know if I have a mosquito allergy?

Mosquito allergy: Mosquito allergy produces local swelling and itching over and oabve that seen from an ordinary bite. Occasion systemic reactions such as asthma, anaphyacxis and urticaria or hives can occur but are rare. This can be proven by allergy testing. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a allergy?

How do I know if I have a allergy?

An office visit : An office visit to an allergist would help. Diagnosing allergy is based on symptoms and confirmed by allergy test. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a stomach ulcer or gallstones?

How do I know if I have a stomach ulcer or gallstones?

See your doctor 1st: 1. See your doctor 2. Let him/her examine you and come to some impression 3. Investigations will be done as needed. 4. Then he/she will advise you the treatments. ...Read more

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How do I know. If I have a gi bleed?

How do I know. If I have a gi bleed?

Depends: You will not know if there is a slow, mild bleed. A persistent slow bleed may cause anemia. A large bleed will produce bloody stool, fainting, weakness and pallor. If you have any doubt do a fecal occult blood test, better yet, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How do I know if I got tha stomach flu?

How do I know if I got tha stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches ; pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a yeast infection and what can I do about it?

How do I know if I have a yeast infection and what can I do about it?

Possible Yeast: Symptoms of a yeast infection may include: burning, redness ; itching of the vulva; burning with urination ; vaginal intercourse ; a clumpy, white, vaginal discharge with no odor. Sometimes the discharge isn’t apparent. See your doctor / gynecologist for definitive diagnosis and treatment will be recommended. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a stomach ulcer or something else?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a stomach ulcer or something else?

EGD endoscopy: This can be diagnosed best by esophageal, gastric and duodenal (EGD) endoscopy. Patient with stomach ulcer may notice epigastric pain, acid regurgitation or postprandial abdominal pain. If you are symptomatic it is suggested that you see a gastroenterologist to have an upper GI endoscopic examination. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a bladder infection?

How do I know if I have a bladder infection?

Few symptoms such as: Increase of urinary frequency, urgency, burning, dribling, and possibly different odor in your urine may suggest a bladder infection/cystitis. Vaginitis may present with similar sx, and maybe itching/vaginal dicharge/odor. In the elderly, often in nursing homes etc..Uti may present as confusion, increase urinary incontinence etc...If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do I have tetanus or am i overreacting? How to tell if I have it?

Do I have tetanus or am i overreacting? How to tell if I have it?

Tetanus: If you have an open wound that occurred when outside or has been in contact with soil or there is a puncture wound these are higher risk for tetanus.Tetanus (lockjaw) usually starts with mild spasm of the jaw as well as the chest, neck, back and abdomen. Get tetanus shot if it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus shot or your don't remember when it was. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a vagina infection?

With an infection: You might have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling . In that case it would be best to see your gynecologist for evaluation ; accurate assessment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a breast infection?

How do I know if I have a breast infection?

Pain, redness, fever: Generally, a significant breast infection (mastitis) may cause sharp, shooting pains- especially when the baby is nursing. In addition, you may experience flu-like symptoms with body aches, fever, or red hot spots on the breast. A minor breast infection may show up with less irritation, redness, itching, or scaling. If in doubt, it is wise to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with a "stomach flu" virus. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter remedies or ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more