A delicious meal can be ruined by burning in your chest, chest pain and even coughing , frequent heartburn could be a sign of a much more serious condition.
Almost everyone has experienced, by eating spicy or fatty foods but if your heartburn is frequent, painful,and not responsive to medicine then it’s time to speak to your doctor.
What causes heartburn?
Stomach acid gets into your esophagus — the digestive tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach when the bottom band of muscle in the esophagus weakens or relaxes abnormally.
WebMD says that a hiatal hernia — a stomach condition that causes the upper stomach and esophageal sphincter to move higher — can also cause stomach acid to leak into the esophagus.
Certain foods and lifestyle habits can be a reason for heartburns:
– Eating large meals
– Lying down after eating or bending over at the waist
– Being overweight or obese
– Eating right before bed
– Consuming foods like citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions or spicy or fatty foods
– Drinking alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee or tea
– Being pregnant
– take aspirin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers or blood pressure medications
What are the symptoms of heartburn?
WebMD, gives this list:
– Regurgitation: acid that backs up into your throat or mouth, leaving a sour taste
– Bloody or black stools
– Bloody vomiting
– Dysphagia — a narrowing of your esophagus, which feels like food is stuck in your throat
– Hiccups that you can’t get rid of
– Unexplainable weight loss
– Wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness or constant sore throat
The Mayo Clinic says you need to see a doctor if:
– Your heartburn becomes frequent, occurring more than twice a week.
– The use of over-the-counter drugs isn’t stopping your symptoms.
– You have difficulty swallowing.
– You experience frequent nausea or vomiting.
– You experience weight loss because of difficulty eating or a poor appetite.
Treating and preventing heartburn
– Antacids, neutralize stomach acid .
– H-2-receptor antagonists (H2RAs), which can reduce stomach acid. These don’t work as quickly as antacids, but they can provide relief for longer.
– Proton pump inhibitors, reduce stomach acid .
You can often prevent heartburn by avoiding:
– Lying down, sleeping or bending over right after a meal
– Eating within 2 to 3 hours before bed
– Spicy foods
– Citrus products
– Tomato products, like pasta sauce or ketchup
– Fatty or fried foods
– Alcohol, carbonated beverages, coffee or other caffeinated beverages
– Large or fatty meals
If : aspirin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, blood pressure medications gives you heartburn,talk to your doctor as soon as possible and don’t stop taking it before you do.
If your doctor decides that your heartburn is serious, she may prescribe a medication, a lifestyle change regimen or even a surgery.
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