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Should I insist on endoscopy to be sure I don't have ulcers?

Should I insist on endoscopy to be sure I don't have ulcers?

Not necessary: Discuss with your doctor. Depending upon your symptoms doctor may decide to proceed with it. ...Read more

Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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Should I have an endoscopy to be sure I have ulcers?

Should I have an endoscopy to be sure I have ulcers?

Don't know u Ask doc: Endoscopy can be an excellent test to check for ulcer disease. Don't know if you need that test. Upper GI series xray may also demonstrate ulcers. Ask your doc if these are indicated for you. ...Read more

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What should I be sure my surgery center has before I have my tonsillectomy? I want to be sure they are prepared for an emergency.

 What should I be sure my surgery center has before I have my tonsillectomy? I want to be sure they are prepared for an emergency.

Accreditation.: An accredited surgery center meets strict standards for safety, equipment, and staff credentials. It should be licensed by the state, and accredited by at least one of the following: JCAHO, AAAASF, and/or AAAHC. You can easily search the Internet for websites of those organizations to verify a center's credentials. ...Read more

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Hi, I need your help. This is for me. I wanted to ask you. If I have red bumps on my upper stomach. Should I be concerned? They don't itch...

Hi, I need your help. This is for me. I wanted to ask you. If I have red bumps on my upper stomach. Should I be concerned? They don't itch...

Get examined: Minor rashes and dermatitis can be common. Simple heat rashes can cause little bumps. If the bumps do not go away , then get and exam to be properly diagnosed so any treatment if needed can be undertaken. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have anemia and I would like to know if I should keep on taking the medicine even if I don't have anemia?

I have anemia and I would like to know if I should keep on taking the medicine even if I don't have anemia?

What medicine?: If you are taking iron for anemia, you should continue taking it as long as you have menstrual periods. If it is a different medication, please discuss the issue with your doctor before discontinuing it. ...Read more

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I need to know if I should go to a doctor or not. I think I have depression. I have been on anti depressants before but i can't remember why.

I need to know if I should go to a doctor or not. I think I have depression. I have been on anti depressants before  but i can't remember why.

Seek evaluation: If your depression is causing distress you should seek an evaluation from a mental health professional, either a psychologist, psychiatrist, or clinical social worker. The evaluation should help determine the nature and extent of the depression and point a path toward the treatment of it. ...Read more

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I have to be pregnant and I'm totally sure. What do I do since I got a negative hpt and the ER doctor wasn't good or helpful?

I have to be pregnant and I'm totally sure. What do I do since I got a negative hpt and the ER doctor wasn't good or helpful?

Relax: Be patient. Take another HPT in a week. If positive see an OB Gyn for prenatal care. If negative, keep calm and try again. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I have an ulceration on my labia. I do not believe it is sexually transmitted. I am wondering if I need to see a doctor or should I let it heal?

I have an ulceration on my labia. I do not believe it is sexually transmitted. I am wondering if I need to see a doctor or should I let it heal?

Herpes?: Genital herpes is by far the most common of genital ulceration, so that's a good bet despite your belief it isn't sexually transmitted. Herpes often causes its first recognized symptoms long after catching it, so it's often an issue when there have been no recent risky sexual exposures. See a doctor ASAP; diagnosis is most accurate and treatment most effective within 1-2 days of onset. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do I need to be on a special diet if I have hepatitis?

Do I need to be on a special diet if I have hepatitis?

Eat healthy: no but eating well is one of the best predictors of doing well in the long run. Both the Mediterranean diet and high scores on the Healthy Eating Index show people with lower enzymes, lower mortality from liver disease, reduced risk of liver cancer. ...Read more

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Im 20 and i think i may have gynecomastia but not 100% sure. What do I need to know?

Im 20 and i think i may have gynecomastia but not 100% sure. What do I need to know?

See physician: Gynecomastia may be the result of actual glandular enlargement (sometimes due to hormonal imbalance) and/or accumulation of excess adipose (fat) tissues surrounding and behind the breast tissue. Assuming this shows on both sides, having an examination with primary doctor can help make the diagnosis and determine what is primary cause. If fat accum, some use liposuction techniques to reduce. ...Read more

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I had an endoscopy done, i was told i had a hiatus hernia, so why do I need to go back to hospital to see a doctor. When I have to see my gp as well.

I had an endoscopy done, i was told i had a hiatus hernia,  so why do I need to go back to hospital to see a doctor. When I have to see my gp as well.

You have a choice: Hiatus hernia is often asscoaited with acid reflux. If you have this problem you will experience indigestion or hyperacidity. This can be manged by the endoscopy doctor as well as by your gp. But you will need good antacids which your gp may be bale to handle. Otherwise you can go see your gastro-enterologist who did the endoscopy because he is the specialist!. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an appointment to see if I have endometriosis. If I do have it, will they do a laparotomy on me even though im not ttc?

What to do if I have an appointment to see if I have endometriosis. If I do have it, will they do a laparotomy on me even though im not ttc?

Laparoscopy: An expert in endometriosis treatment will be a specialist in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. I make the majority of my practice out of endometriosis care, and do not find a laparotomy to be an advantage in almost anything I do. Laparoscopic surgery can be used to resect/remove endometriosis, which leads to the longest term benefit for the condition. ...Read more

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I have been ordered to do an annual fit test for colorectal issues, should I be concerned about why i need to do this?

I have been ordered to do an annual fit test for colorectal issues, should I be concerned about why i need to do this?

I suppose you have: A strong family history of colon cancer thus your dr is proactively screening you for blood in the stool if positive , it may suggest presence of colon polyps or cancer.Cut down on your intake of fatty foods and eat more fiber , fruits and veggies . There are some studies showing that Aspirin may prevent colon cancer. Discuss with your dr if u have any concerns. ...Read more

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I think I may have an ulcer but am not sure. I took a laxative--If I do have an ulcer will I be okay?

I think I may have an ulcer but am not sure. I took a laxative--If I do have an ulcer will I be okay?

No problem: A laxative will not cause problems with your ulcer. But if you needed a laxative because you are constipated, I recommend 1-2 tablespoons per day of psyllium husks. You should be having an easy bowel movement every day. If not, you need more fiber (psyllium husks)--and possibly magnesium. You can't OD on magnesium, because it will give you diarrhea. For the GERD/ulcer, I recommend Mastic Gum. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed prurigo nodularis. What to do if I have many lesions and I am frustrated. looking for advise.?

What to do if I have been diagnosed prurigo nodularis. What to do if I have many lesions and I am frustrated. looking for advise.?

See a dermatologist: Prurigo nodularis is a reaction by skin to violent, frequent, prolonged scratching or rubbing. The scratching is almost universally related to intense itch. Identify, if possible, the cause of itch. Treat the underlying cause if possible. Typically this is treated with super-potent cortisone such as clobetasol or augmented beta methasone. Sometimes cortisone injection is used into each lesion. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have an ulcer on my tonsil?

What should I do if I have an ulcer on my tonsil?

Have it checked: It's not normal to have an ulcer on the tonsil. Please see your doctor to have it evaluated. An ulcer in the mouth or throat that doesn't go away on it own could be something serious. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more