Treating Acid Reflux
Everyone suffers from heartburn occasionally, but if your heartburn happens frequently, you could be suffering from acid reflux. Your gastroenterologist can help. The gastroenterologists at Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX, provide comprehensive gastrointestinal services, including diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux. They have several convenient office locations throughout Houston, TX.
Acid reflux is caused by inadequate closure of the sphincter muscle which separates your stomach from your esophagus. When the sphincter muscle functions normally, stomach acid is blocked from entering your esophagus. When you have acid reflux, the sphincter muscle stays partially open, allowing stomach acid to flow back into your throat.
Chronic acid reflux can cause:
Minor dietary and lifestyle modifications can make a big difference in acid reflux signs and symptoms. You should:
Untreated acid reflux can develop into the more serious condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. The signs and symptoms of GERD are similar to acid reflux, but they are often more severe. Common signs and symptoms of GERD include:
If you notice any of the signs and symptoms of GERD, or your acid reflux isn’t relieved by lifestyle and dietary modifications, it’s time to visit your gastroenterologist, who may recommend:
Untreated GERD can cause esophageal damage, including esophageal cancer, so it’s important to seek out your gastroenterologist for treatment.
To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of acid reflux, call the gastroenterologists at Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX. You can reach them at the Memorial Hermann Southwest location by calling (713) 777-2555, in Smith Tower at (713) 796-8627, or at the Memorial Hermann Greater Heights location by calling (713) 880-8707. Call today.