How your gastroenterologists in Lima, OH, can help with acid reflux
Heartburn is a common, and generally innocuous, issue. However, if it does occur frequently, you might have acid reflux. Chronic acid reflux is a problem that can lead to damaged tissue in your esophagus. Fortunately, there are effective ways to find relief from this condition. The gastroenterologists at Gastro-Intestinal Associates in Lima, OH, offer a wide variety of gastrointestinal services, including treatment for acid reflux—read on to learn more.
More about acid reflux and its treatment approaches
Acid reflux is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and affects over 60 million people in the United States, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. The condition is caused by stomach acid flowing up from your stomach into your esophagus. When you have acid reflux, it means the sphincter muscle that closes off your esophagus isn’t working properly, so stomach acid can flow upward.
When you have acid reflux, you may experience:
- Frequent sore throats
- Frequent bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity and erosion
- Wheezing or dry coughing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest or abdominal pain
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you can try some simple remedies at home like these:
- Taking over-the-counter antacids
- Remaining upright at least 2 to 3 hours after eating
- Avoiding eating right before you go to bed
- Limiting or eliminating spicy foods from your diet
- Eating small meals and avoiding large ones
- Quitting smoking and losing weight
- Avoiding exercises that press on your abdomen
- Avoiding wearing belts
If you suffer from severe acid reflux, your gastroenterologist can help. At Gastro-Intestinal Associates, your doctor may recommend prescription medications, such as antacids, and modifications to your diet and lifestyle.
To learn more about acid reflux, please visit the acid reflux section on the website at http://www.giassociateslima.com/acid-reflux.html
You don’t have to suffer from acid reflux. You can find relief by calling the gastroenterologists of Gastro-Intestinal Associates in Lima, OH, at (419) 227-8209.