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What Do Stomach Acids Dissolve
Pass it: You will probably pass it. If it dissolves then you will not need to worry about it. Don't know if digestive enzymes will work on Saran wrap. Talk to your doctor about why you ate it. ...Read more
Stomach acid/lego: A plastic lego will not usually dissolve in stomach acid. If you swallowed a small lego and it did not choke you, then it probably passed into the stomach. It most likely will pass through your intestines and appear in your poop. If it does get stuck, you will have problems. Discuss this with your parents. Check your poop. Tell your parents what happened and tell them if you are having pain. ...Read more
No: If you look in basic chemistry. Acid does not really dissolve aluminum. It should pass undigested through your gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more
Will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? He accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.
Likely not: The bag is not that easily digested but a small one may well pass through without causing any obstruction. Need to take him to the ER if he starts vomiting and complains of severe abdominal cramps. ...Read more
How easy is it to scratch or cut my esophagus if I swallowed Robitussin-DM capsules but cracked them first in my mouth, also how long does stomach acid take to dissolve the capsule.
Take it easy: Those capsules will get digested by the stomach acid, as they are not made of steel. You should be alright. ...Read more
Not sure it's acid: Heartburn is a symptom that develops when stomach contents reflux into esophagus. Acid is a common cause of heartburn, but alkali, bile, regurgitated caustic ingestion, medications, food, pepsin, etc. Are all non-acid substances that can also irritate the esophagus ; cause a "heartburn"-like presentation. Consider also delayed stomach emptying, stomach outlet narrowing, esophageal dysmotilities. ...Read more
To break down food: The stomach is an incredible organ who's job it is to break down our food and prepare it for digestion. It does this chemically with enzymes and acid, as well as mechanically by churning the food. While in the stomach, solid food turns to mostly a liquid before its released not the intestines. ...Read more
Why?: What exactly are you feeling? Heartburn? Acid in the back of your throat? Stomach pain? There are many products that neutralize acid (tums) and prescription products that decrease acid production. Best to get seen by an md to make sure that acid is indeed the cause of your symptoms. Then you can come up with a plan together. ...Read more
Great question!: The lining of the stomach is protected by mucus secreted by stomach cells that forms a border that protects the stomach from the acid. The mucus contains many factors including buffers to neutralize the acid before it burns the stomach wall. That is the theory behind how Aspirin causes stomach bleeding. It decreases this mucus leaving the stomach unprotected and the acid burns it --> bleeding. ...Read more
Several reasons: Chewing helps accomplish several things. One it stimulates the whole digestive process, and "primes the pump" stomach acid wise. It helps optimize surface area for digestive enzymes to work. It helps break up the large pieces, which acid could only do if given much more time. ...Read more
Hard to tell: Stomachs can "growl" regardless of the amount of acid in the stomach. If there are new symptoms such as reflux of stomach contents up the esophagus, stomach pains, too much "growling", getting abdominal bloating, changes in stool (too constipated or too loose), one's primary care doctor can evaluate to be sure there is not a medical problem going on. ...Read more
Acid is supposed: To be in your stomach. That is a normal state of affairs. Not certain what you are feeling but everyone experiences "indigestion" at some point in their lives. Try some liquid antacid, and if it works watch what and when you are eating. If not and it persists call your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Stomach normally produces hydrochloric acid. It is important both for digestion and for killing micro-organisms we ingest with food. ...Read more
I have an abdominal wound that will not heal. My dr has surgically removed undissolved dissolve able sutures twice. What's next?
Depends: Have they figured out why it won't heal (diabetes, infection, poor circulation, smoking, etc)? Finding and treating root cause most logical step if another condition is reason it won't heal. Hyperbaric chamber treatments to increase oxygen to tissues can help sometimes. Have you been seen by a wound care specialist? Also helpful. Hope this helps. Best of luck ...Read more
Stomach feels weird. Not pain just weird. It goes away then comes back like when you are nervous. It's haird to explain. Maybe too much acid?
Weird: It could be hyper acidity. I would try Prilosec 75 mg once aday in the evening when you go to bed. ...Read more
What is the pain in my right side abdomen, feels like a ball of fire, from front to my back, when I bend or sit something fizzles like like acid?
Get evaluated: Your pain sounds serious. If you have fever, vomiting or this pain lasts more than a few hours then get evaluated. You could have appendicitis. There are several other possibilities, kidney stone, hernia, mass but appendicitis needs urgent attention. Okay to call your doc, visit er or minor er. Good luck. ...Read more
Drugs and antiacids: If you need an acute drop due to symptoms, then antiacids like maalox or Tums (calcium carbonate) can do the job. Proton pump inhibitors, some otc and some on prescription can more chronically lower the acidity. You also can adjust your diet to ingest food that is less likely to cause acidity. ...Read more
Depends on cyst: Hmm...Don't know what cyst you are talking about. In general the stomach does not get cysts. The kidneys and the liver do. I guess if a cyst in these other places are big enough to push on the stomach, it can cause acid by pushing your stomach up. Not sure if this answers your question. Sounds like something that needs to be discussed further. ...Read more
Be healthy: There is little that you can actively do to change the acid production inherently. However, there are things to avoid, such as caffeine, alcohol and heavy meals that include red meats. But diet alone is generally ineffective in treating reflux or ulcers. Medications such as proton pump inhibitors, h2 blockers or sucralfate are standard medical treatments. ...Read more
Don't cope: You don't have to cope with it. You should see a doctor and get treated for it. Stomach acid not only irritates the esophagus, it can cause severe damage if it's not treated. Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more
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