What is Acid Reflex?
Acid reflex is a painful condition that occurs when the valve at the entrance of the stomach (known as the LES) does not close properly and allows acid to move backwards and up your esophagus. If you have acid reflex, you likely have noticed a burning sensation in the chest and a burning sensation in your throat.
Everyone will experience acid reflux at some point in their life, but if you start to experience the burning sensation more than twice a week, it is likely that you suffer from acid reflux disease which is more commonly known as gastrointestinal reflex disease, or GERD. It is estimated that about 20% of the population suffers from acid reflux, and the discomfort associated with it is one common reason why people head to urgent care.
Symptoms of Acid Reflex
The number one symptom of acid reflux is heartburn, or a burning sensation in the chest. Usually this sensation will start near the stomach and then travel to the throat and up your throat. You may also notice that you regurgitate from time to time as the acid comes up into your mouth.
While these are the trademark symptoms, you may also notice bloody stools, bloating, incessant hiccups, dysphagia, weight loss, or constant burping.
How is Acid Reflex Diagnosed?
If you notice yourself suffering from any of the above symptoms more than twice a week, then it is time to seek advice from a medical professional. Most doctors will diagnose acid reflux based on your symptoms alone, so make sure to clearly convey what is bothering you when you make your appointment. In most cases a doctor will order a medication, and if it relieves your discomfort, diagnose GERD.
More serious cases of GERD that are not easily resolved may require further diagnostic tests such as a barium swallow, endoscopy, biopsy, or pH monitoring.
How to Prevent Acid Reflex
In many cases lifestyle changes can help reduce or even cure acid reflux. These same changes can help you prevent acid reflux from becoming an issue in your life. Eating smaller meals and quitting smoking are two excellent ways to avoid the development of acid reflux.
You also may want to consider raising the head of your bed and avoiding any food consumption two to three hours before you lay down. Losing excess weight will also help reduce the chances of developing acid reflux
If you suspect that you suffer from acid reflux or want more information about the condition, reach out to the team at Dupage Immediate Care. Simply call 630-282-6002 to find out more or come on down to our office. No appointment is ever needed and walk-ins are always welcome.Acid Reflex&url=https://www.dupageimmediatecare.com/2018/10/02/acid-reflex/" target="_blank" aria-label=""> Acid Reflex&summary=Acid Reflex&source=https://www.dupageimmediatecare.com/2018/10/02/acid-reflex/" target="_blank" aria-label="">