Medical Specialty >> Gastroenterology

Doctors Lounge - Gastroenterology Answers

Back to Gastroenterology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/15/2017.

Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: Mild heartburn after eating undercooked pork

 brewster39 - Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:51 am

A little over a week ago I cooked some ham which turned out to be a bit underdone (140 degrees or so). I ate it anyway, and since then I've had mild heartburn every time I eat. This is very rare for me, so I looked into it and found that a symptom of trichinosis can be heartburn. Should I be concerned, and if so is there anything I can do about it? Thanks!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:48 am

User avatar Hello,
Today's pork is not as dangerous as it was in the past and while we recommend cooking meat appropriately, I would not expect heartburn to be the result of a foodborne illness. This is probably coincidental.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us