What happens if you suffer from this condition every day?

What happens if you suffer from this condition every day?

Heartburn is caused by some foods; alcohol and certain medications increase the probability of having this discomfort.

It is important to understand how this affectation works. When swallowing food passes through the throat, the esophagus and then through an opening that connects to the stomach.

When food passes through this valve, it closes. But, when this disease appears, it does not close, so the stomach acid can return and travel in the opposite direction, towards the esophagus and throatwhat is known as gastroesophageal reflux or gastric acid reflux.

This discomfort occurs from time to time after a meal, leading to several episodes of reflux.

Heartburn is a very common problem after eating some foods and is generally not a cause for alarm. But it’s important to understand that if heartburn occurs regularly, also interferes with daily routine, or is caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it often damages the esophagus and in some cases leads to cancer.

It must be borne in mind that heartburn “is a normal symptom, as long as it is sporadic and intermittent,” explains Rosa Prats, a specialist at the Spanish Society of Family and Community Pharmacy (Semfyc) in words collected by the portal take care of yourself

If suffering more than twice a week (with or without reflux), the patient is probably suffering from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which is potentially serious if left undiagnosed and untreated, so we must be attentive to the duration, frequency and intensity so as not to confuse it” added the expert.

In the portal medline more point out that when this disease occurs often or causes complications, it is classified as GERD, which manifests with symptoms such as:

  • Burning in the chest after eating or, particularly at night.
  • Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over.
  • Bitter or acid taste in the mouth.

On the website Mayo Clinic They warn about the symptoms generated by heartburn, for which it is recommended to go to the doctor:

  • Heartburn occurs more than twice a week.
  • Symptoms persist despite the use of over-the-counter medications.
  • There is difficulty swallowing.
  • A feeling of persistent nausea or vomiting.
  • Weight is lost because there is little appetite or difficulty eating.

In Mayo Clinic They also warn that consuming foods such as spicy foods, onions, citrus products, tomato-based products, fried or fatty foods, mint, chocolate, alcoholic beverages, carbonated beverages, coffee or other caffeinated beverages and abundant or fatty foods, can increase the risk of triggering heartburn.

In medline more They advise monitoring symptoms. For example, how many times per day do you have this problem? Does it happen after eating? It is essential to take these results to the doctor so that the health professional can make a correct diagnosis and thus take more timely measures.

The doctor may prescribe “over-the-counter antacids, which sometimes come in the form of chewable tablets,” as described in Medline plus.

Also, the specialist recommends the intake of prescription medications such as H2 antihistamines or proton pump inhibitors, which serve to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Changes in lifestyle, such as losing weight and quitting smoking, are also among the possible recommendations made by the doctor to eliminate this discomfort. Being overweight and smoking increase the production of stomach acid.

Other suggestions from the experts are in reduce stress, play sports, avoid eating before bedtimeeat foods with more protein and less fat, and raise the head of the bed about six inches.