How to Prevent Acid Reflux
Occasional feelings of heartburn are usually nothing to worry about, especially if you love spicy food. However, if you are experiencing more frequent feelings of heartburn, you could have acid reflux. Your gastroenterologist can help. Dr. Miguel Arenas at Mesquite Gastroenterology and Surgery Center in Tucson, AZ, offers comprehensive gastroenterology services, including diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux.
What You Need To Know About Acid Reflux
Acid reflux happens because the sphincter muscle between your esophagus and your stomach doesn’t close completely. When the sphincter muscle malfunctions, it causes stomach acid to flow back up into your throat.
There are some simple tips you can follow to help prevent acid reflux. You need to:
- Avoid lying down right after eating
- Stay up for at least 2 to 3 hours after you eat
- Avoid spicy and acidic foods
- Consume small meals several times daily
- Limit citrus, tomatoes, and carbonated drinks
- Avoid belts and exercises that put pressure on your abdomen
- Avoid tobacco, excess alcohol, coffee, and chocolate
For mild, occasional acid reflux, you can try taking over-the-counter antacids, but for more frequent acid reflux, you should see your gastroenterologist. Untreated acid reflux can turn into a chronic condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. You may have GERD if you experience signs and symptoms like these:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal or chest pain
- A dry cough or frequent wheezing
- Frequent throat pain or throat problems
- Chronic bad breath and a sour taste in your mouth
- Erosion of your tooth enamel and tooth sensitivity
Untreated GERD can cause esophageal damage and even esophageal cancer. Your gastroenterologist may recommend dietary and lifestyle modifications, and prescription-strength medications to reduce stomach acid.
Want To Know More?
To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of acid reflux, call Dr. Miguel Arenas at Mesquite Gastroenterology and Surgery Center in Tucson, AZ. You can reach him in the office by calling (520) 722-0744, so call today.