Do you have a painful burning feeling in your chest after you are eaten a big meal, especially when lying down or bending over? If so, It is heartburn!
Have you experienced it?
Heartburn is always an inconvenience.
We at Mayor Boss value your health and want to share some reasons for your heartburn and acid reflux.
What you need to know about heartburn
Heartburn is an awful burning feeling behind the sternum or breastbone, or your throat, which spreads along the esophagus (usually when acid rises up from your stomach). It may be followed by a feeling of fullness of the stomach, bitterness, or acid in the mouth.
Heartburn occurs when acid or other contents from your stomach and/or duodenum “back up”(refluxing) into the esophagus. Aggressive gastric juice and/or intestinal contents irritate the walls of the esophagus. Most often, heartburn occurs about 15-30 minutes after eating.
What causes heartburn
- Some typical food (tomatoes, grapefruit, oranges, chocolate, caffeine)
- Excessive consumption of fatty, spicy foods
- Taking some medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen)
- Unhealthy lifestyle – smoking, alcohol.
- External factors – tight clothing, weight lifting, etc.
Often, a burning sensation behind the sternum requires urgent intervention. The danger is not only the causes of reflux but this condition itself. With prolonged exposure to acid on the unprotected mucosa of the esophagus, an inflammatory disease develops – esophagitis. In some cases, erosion and peptic ulcers are formed, fraught with bleeding.
Also, chronic inflammation can lead to degeneration of the epithelium of the mucous membrane of the esophagus, with developed Barrett’s esophagus and even cancer of the esophagus.
How do you stop heartburn
Therapeutic effects usually involve drug therapy. The doctor selects the medicine based on the diagnosis in addition to taking medications. You can try these other remedies like mixing baking soda with water to drink, sipping little apple cider vinegar, standing up straight and avoid lying down after eating. Lifestyle correction is of great importance in the treatment of heartburn. It is necessary to stop smoking and drinking alcohol to verify the correct diet. Food should be taken 4-5 times a day in small portions, chewing thoroughly.
Consult your doctor if:
- You have difficulty swallowing or eating food
- When heartburn occurs over and above twice a week
- If your symptoms persist in spite of the use of medications
- You have consistent nausea or vomiting
- You have weight loss due to reduced appetite
You should not think that heartburn is harmless. With frequent or severe heartburn, consult a doctor.
Lastly, while you’re here, check out The symptoms of GERD