4 Questions to Ask About Acid Reflux Treatment
Acid reflux symptoms may include a searing discomfort in the chest that comes after eating and increases after lying down. Bitter taste, upper abdominal discomfort, and a dry cough are also common. We can assist in diagnosing, preventing problems, and providing treatment alternatives. Allow Digestive Disease Care (DDC), board-certified gastroenterologists to examine your acid reflux symptoms and advise you through the following stages. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Babylon NY, East Setauket NY, Forest Hills NY, Jamaica NY, Jericho NY, Lake Success NY, Melville NY, Mineola NY, Massapequa NY and New Hyde Park NY.
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Acid reflux can be quite uncomfortable, with the severity of symptoms depending on pre-existing conditions, diet, and other factors. There are several remedies that can be used to minimize the symptoms and sensation of acid reflux, including lifestyle changes, medications, and medical procedures. Lifestyle changes that can limit the symptoms of acid reflux include the following:
• Weight loss – Excess weight can be a contributing factor to acid reflux.
• Limit alcohol consumption – Alcohol consumption has been linked to acid reflux, so limiting your intake can relieve symptoms.
• Avoid overeating – Symptoms of acid reflux most often occur after the consumption of a meal. Limiting the size of the meal can assist in limiting symptoms.
• Avoid acidic foods and beverages – Citrus fruits, carbonated beverages, garlic, onion, coffee, and fried foods can worsen symptoms of acid reflux.
• Avoid eating before bed – It is suggested to avoid eating three hours before going to sleep, as doing so can increase symptoms of acid reflux.
• Avoid tight clothing – Restraining pants or belts can contribute to the onset of acid reflux, so it is suggested to wear loose-fitting garments.
The above remedies are helpful for limiting the symptoms of acid reflux. However, if you experience acid reflux regularly, you should seek a consultation with a physician. Physicians can prescribe medications and procedures to limit symptoms interfering with daily life. Severe acid reflux can lead to damage to the esophagus if left untreated for prolonged periods of time.
Acid reflux occurs when acid from the stomach inflames the esophagus. There are several causes for this condition. Acid reflux is most commonly linked to consuming certain foods and drinks.
Acid reflux can be aggravated by:
• Carbonated drinks
• Citrus fruits
• Fried or fatty foods
• Spicy foods
In addition to dietary choices, acid reflux can be caused by several factors. Such factors include:
• Excess weight
• Stress and anxiety
• Increase in hormones, such as progesterone
• Medications, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers
Different people are affected by acid reflux in different ways. The most commonly reported symptoms include:
• Chest pain
• Burping or belching
• Difficulty swallowing
• Vomiting and regurgitation
• Sore throat
• Sour taste of acid in the mouth
• Bad breath
• Excess amounts of saliva
• Difficulty sleeping after eating
Many people experience mild symptoms of acid reflux on an occasional basis. In other cases, acid reflux occurs more regularly, and the symptoms can be quite severe. If you experience chronic acid reflux, it could be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. GERD is a chronic condition that affects around 20% of the national population and features acid reflux as a primary symptom.
Acid reflux can present in several different ways. The different types of acid reflux can be categorized as mild, moderate, severe, and cancerous.
• Mild acid reflux. When experiencing this type of acid reflux, it is common to have symptoms of heartburn, regurgitation, and mild chest pain on an occasional basis. At this stage, it is recommended to alter lifestyle choices to reduce the symptoms.
• Moderate acid reflux. When acid reflux occurs multiple times a week, it is categorized as moderate. It is common to experience symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, and moderate chest pain. It is recommended to consult a physician about proton pump inhibitors or histamine 2 receptor blockers.
• Severe acid reflux. Common symptoms of severe acid reflux include the symptoms of moderate acid reflux, as well as coughing, sore throat, and hoarseness. This type of acid reflux leaves you at risk of developing further complications, so it is advised to seek treatment as soon as possible.
• Esophageal cancer. If left untreated for a prolonged period of time, severe acid reflux can develop into precancerous lesions or esophageal cancer. It is very important to seek treatment at this stage.
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