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Is Pancreatitis Contagious
Avoid fats: Rule of thumb: avoid fats and eat small portions often in the hospital setting, patients are typically kept "npo" (nothing by mouth) and given plenty of IV fluids and pain management to allow the pancreas to rest. Symptoms typically resolve within a few days for uncomplicated, acute pancreatitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad Trouble!: Pancreatitis is known as one of the most painful conditions. The name refers to a state of inflammation of the pancreas. The common causes or viral infection, alcohol irritation, triglyceride irritation, and infrequently from a bile stone. Another common cause is simply "unknown" or idiopathic in medical jargon. Treatment is usually pain meds, antibiotics and IV fluids. Nothing by mouth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely genetic: Most common causes of pancreatitis include gall stones that block the outlet of the pancrease, alcohol use, and side effect of medication. Less commonly is: idiopathic (meaning we do not yet know why it has occured), autoimmune, and genetic pancreatitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be: Chronic pancreatitis can cause chronic pain, often worse with eating, can radiate into the back; can be constant pain requiring narcotics; can have hard to control diabetes; can have fat malabsorption with fatty, greasy, foul smelling stools, weight loss; can have vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including osteoporosis, and osteomalacia (rickets). Rx can include surgery, digestive supp, pain meds. ...Read more
Not common: Many more people get acute pancreatitis, due to gallstones that got stuck along the pathway, alcohol, trauma, meds, high triglycerides (>800-1000). Chronic pancreatitis most commonly seen in chronic alcohol abusers, with recurrent episodes of pancreatitis, induced by continued intake of alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It takes only a moment to make something up and put it on the internet. I can't think of a mechanism and for once I couldn't even find this obviously-phony claim on the internet. Simple chemicals that your children can play with dying Easter eggs aren't going to roast you pancreas. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bowel Rest: Pancreatitis is usually treated by allowing nothing to be taken by mouth, adequate fluid administration and pain medication, usually given intravenously. Because it is diagnosed by way of blood tests and x-rays, i think it is safe to assume that most people cannot diagnose it on their own, but if you have any suspicion of having it, i'd say go straight to an emergency room. ...Read more
No: The only prevention is to avoid the precipitating factor. Alcoholics need to stop drinking. Gallstone pancreatitis requires removal of gallbladder. Medication induced requires avoiding that medication. Hypertriglyceridemia and hypercalcemia require medication and dietary adjustment to lower these levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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