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How your gastroenterologists in Houston, TX, can help you feel better

Heartburn is a common issue, especially if you like spicy food, but frequent heartburn could be something else. You could have acid reflux. Fortunately, your gastroenterologist can help.

The gastroenterologists at Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX, offer a wide range of GI services, including treatment for acid reflux to help you feel better.

Acid reflux is caused when the sphincter muscle separating your stomach from your esophagus is not working properly. This sphincter muscle keeps stomach acid from coming up into your esophagus. When the sphincter muscle doesn’t close completely, stomach acid flows up into your esophagus, causing uncomfortable symptoms.

You may have acid reflux if you experience:

  • Frequent sore throats
  • A sour taste in your mouth
  • Frequent bad breath
  • Chronic coughing or wheezing
  • Chest pain, nausea, or vomiting

If left untreated, acid reflux can develop into gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD. Over 60 million people in this country suffer from GERD, and if you are one of them, you may suffer long-term damage to your esophagus. GERD can cause esophageal inflammation, ulcers, scarring, or even esophageal cancer.

You can minimize acid reflux symptoms if you:

  • Eat small meals
  • Avoid eating before bed
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
  • Limit spicy or acidic foods
  • Take over-the-counter antacids

For moderate to severe acid reflux symptoms, it's best to visit your gastroenterologist. Professional treatments for acid reflux include prescription-strength antacids and other medications to lower acid production and protect your esophagus and gastrointestinal system.

If you suffer from acid reflux, your gastroenterologist can help you feel better. To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of acid reflux, talk with the experts by calling the gastroenterologists of Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX. You can reach them at (713) 777-2555, so call today!

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