Heartburn is a frequent problem for many people. In fact, according to the American College of Gastroenterology, 60 million people in the U.S. experience heartburn at least once a month, while 15 million people feel the burning pain every day. If heartburn is a regular occurrence in your life, your gastroenterologists here at Gastrointestinal Specialists in Torresdale, Bucks, and Bala Cynwyd, PA, can offer treatments that will help relieve your discomfort.
What causes heartburn?
Heartburn occurs when stomach acid flows back into your esophagus, irritating the sensitive lining. When that happens, you may experience a burning pain in your chest, a burning sensation in your throat, a bad taste in your mouth, or or a sore throat (often accompanied by hoarseness and a nasty cough).
How is heartburn related to gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)?
Heartburn can be a sign of GERD, but everyone who experiences heartburn doesn't necessarily have GERD. You may be diagnosed with GERD if you experience heartburn two or more times per week.
What can I do about heartburn?
Making a few simple changes may help you avoid heartburn. For instance, refraining from consuming foods and beverages that trigger heartburn, such as tomatoes, chocolate, peppermint, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, citrus foods, and onions can help, as can waiting a few hours after eating before you exercise or lie down. Losing a few pounds may help reduce or prevent heartburn.
If heartburn becomes a chronic problem, or you experience it several times a week, it's a good idea to call your gastroenterologist in Torresdale, Bucks, and Bala Cynwyd.
During an appointment, your doctor can recommend over-the-counter and prescription medications that will help control your symptoms. Depending on the situation, the medication may neutralize stomach acids, decrease the production of acids, or strengthen the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus,
Need relief? Give us a call
Do you suffer from heartburn? Schedule an appointment with the gastroenterologists here at Gastrointestinal Specialists today by dialing (610) 664-9700 for the Bala Cynwyd, PA, office, (215) 632-3500 for the Torresdale office, or (215) 702-7090 for the Bucks office.