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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.

What You Need To Know About Acid Reflux

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:

  • A sore, scratchy throat
  • A burning sensation in your throat and chest
  • Sensitivity in your teeth and gums

Minor dietary and lifestyle modifications can make a big difference in acid reflux signs and symptoms. You should:

  • Take over-the-counter antacids
  • Avoid lying flat after eating
  • Avoid eating spicy, acidic foods
  • Eat small meals instead of large amounts of food
  • Avoid smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight

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:

  • Frequent sore throats
  • Frequent bad breath
  • Frequent wheezing or dry coughing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Increased tooth decay

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:

  • Medications to control the production of stomach acid
  • Dietary changes and meal planning

Untreated GERD can cause esophageal damage, including esophageal cancer, so it’s important to seek out your gastroenterologist for treatment.

Want To Know More?

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.

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