If there are changes in surgeries or other scheduled appointments, your provider will notify you. We continue to provide in-person care and telemedicine appointments. Learn about our expanded patient care options and visitor guidelines. Ekta Gupta, M. Getting a case of acid reflux heartburn once in a while isn’t unusual, but some people suffer from burning discomfort, bloating and belching almost every time they eat. Normally, the esophageal sphincter a muscular tube that lets food pass into the stomach and then cinches shut to block it from coming back up protects the esophagus from stomach acid. However, if the sphincter relaxes, food can push upward through the loosened opening and cause acid reflux. Foods commonly known to be heartburn triggers cause the esophageal sphincter to relax and delay the digestive process, letting food sit in the stomach longer, says Gupta.
Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat acid reflux. If it keeps happening, it’s called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease GORD. They can recommend medicines called antacids that can help ease your symptoms. It’s best to take these with food or soon after eating, as this is when you’re most likely to get heartburn. They may also work for longer if taken with food. Find out about using the NHS during coronavirus. A GP may prescribe a medicine called a proton pump inhibitor PPI that reduces how much acid your stomach makes. PPIs include. You’ll usually need to take this type of medicine for 4 or 8 weeks, depending on how serious your acid reflux is. Go back to the GP if your symptoms return after stopping your medicine. You may need a long-term prescription.
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