Common causes and easy cures to help rid you of your heart burn
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn, also known as acid reflux is a condition that occurs when the acids that are normally found in the stomach, start to push back up into the esophagus, causing an uncomfortable burning sensation in the upper abdomen and chest areas. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart but some of its more common symptoms can be similar to those of heart disease or a heart attack.
What are the Symptoms of Heartburn?
Some of the most frequent symptoms of acid reflux are:
- A burning sensation in the throat
- A bitter or sour taste in the back of the throat or mouth
- Pain or a burning sensation in the chest, behind the breastbone
- Pain in the chest after bending over, lying down or eating
- Trouble swallowing or the feeling of food being stuck
- Chronic cough or sore throat in people who frequently suffer from heartburn
What can I do to minimize these Symptoms?
Quick relief of heartburn can usually be achieved by taking an over-the-counter antacid or heartburn product. These can be found at your local pharmacy. There are also prescription medications available that can be prescribed by your doctor that will either help to neutralize the acid in the stomach or slow down the amount of acid produced by the body. Fatty foods or foods that are very spicy can also trigger acid reflux and should be avoided as much as possible. Heartburn can also be minimized by eating at least 3 hours before going to bed or lying down.
Some simple home remedies that may help to ease your symptoms are:
- Baking Soda – mix a teaspoon or so or baking soda in a glass of water and drink it slowly. The baking soda can help to neutralize the stomach acid and alleviate your symptoms.
- Chew Gum – The process of chewing gum produces more saliva. This increase in saliva can help to wash away the acid.
- Don’t Smoke – Smoking can make your heartburn symptoms worse. Try and avoid having a cigarette until your symptoms are gone (or quit for good if possible!)
If you are experiencing any pain in your chest and you are not sure if it is heartburn or a heart attack be sure to contact a doctor for a diagnosis immediately. They will be able to assess your symptoms and provide you with the best treatment. Often, some simple diet and lifestyle changes are all that is required to reduce the frequency or severity of future heartburn attacks. If you have any questions about heartburn or believe that you may be suffering from acid reflux, LiveMD has a team of doctors available to help you on-line right now. Visit our website at www.mylivemd.com to get the medical advise and treatment you need right away.
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