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Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when the liquid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus, creating a painful feeling of heartburn that lingers for quite awhile. It occurs when the muscular valve that controls the entrance to the stomach is weak.

Symptoms

A burning feeling in the upper chest that lingers for a long time is the primary symptom. Some people also complain of a bitter taste. Other possible side effects may include chest pain when lying down, a sour taste, regurgitation of food or liquid and coughing, wheezing, hoarseness or sore throat. To prevent some of these symptoms, eat your last meal of the day at least two or three hours before retiring for the night, eat smaller portions, eat slowly and chew your food carefully, reduce your stress level and stop smoking.

Causes

Trigger foods for acid reflux include chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, citrus, mint, tomato, spicy food and fried foods, onions and garlic. Being overweight or a smoker can increase the likelihood of developing the condition. Pregnant women often suffer from acid reflux when the uterus is large and pressing up on the stomach. If you lie down after eating, bend forward or lift something heavy right after a meal, you can trigger reflux. Hiatus hernia can also cause it.

Cautions

Persistent or frequent acid reflux can cause scarring of the esophagus, asthma, esophageal bleeding and ulcers, erosion of the teeth and esophageal cancer. Be sure and see a doctor if you experience reflux two or more times per week. Your doctor can diagnose gastro-esophageal reflux by conducting an examination or through an xray or endoscopy.

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Other things that you could do, include, eating smaller meals, chew your food well & stop smoking.

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