The Year You End Your Heartburn/Acid Reflux
Do you sometimes feel a burning sensation in your throat or chest? Perhaps you’re suffering from a sore throat from regurgitating food from a previous meal? If so, there’s a good chance you have heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus – the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach. Not only does it sound disturbing, it can be extremely uncomfortable.
Of course, many of us may experience reflux from time-to-time, but if you are experiencing it once or twice a week (perhaps even more) you should seek professional help. There are indeed over-the-counter medications that help assuage the discomfort that accompanies acid reflux, but persistent reflux should be addressed. One medication (Zantac) was recently recalled due to unacceptable levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). While over-the-counter meds are there for us during times of discomfort, chronic issues should be looked at by a doctor.
Luckily, we have healthcare professionals at Texas ENT that treat chronic heartburn and reflux. Heartburn and acid reflux can have long-term consequences (ulcers and bleeding esophagus), so take control of it. Make 2020 the year you get into the driver’s seat of your health. You’ll thank yourself before you ring in the next new year.