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Why do germs and viruses get through our stomach since our stomach juice is make of acid gastric fluid?
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Most dont
The acid environment of the stomach is excellent at protecting us from the things we swallow.
Many bacteria and viruses can survive in the acid by forming acid resistant capsules or spores or by simply adapting to survive in acid. Acid blocking medications such as Prilosec and Nexium (esomeprazole) can increase the likelihood of infection in some cases by decreasing the effectiveness of this acid barrier.

In brief: Most dont
The acid environment of the stomach is excellent at protecting us from the things we swallow.
Many bacteria and viruses can survive in the acid by forming acid resistant capsules or spores or by simply adapting to survive in acid. Acid blocking medications such as Prilosec and Nexium (esomeprazole) can increase the likelihood of infection in some cases by decreasing the effectiveness of this acid barrier.
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