Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tips to treat heartburn

Heartburn also known as pyrosis, a burning sensation of food pipe to stomach in chest. When food enters into the stomach a muscle at the end of oesophagus known as sphincter closes off. If that muscle fails to close, the partially digested food enters into the oesophagus and causes heartburn, affects the lining of it.

In case of hiatal hernia, the stomach muscles stretches and enters into the chest cavity causing heartburn while swallowing. The main cause for heartburn is gastroesophagal reflux disease (GERD), in which the stomach acid enters into oesophagus due to failure of sphincter. The pain often raises in chest and may radiate to neck & throat.

1. Burning sensation in chest.
2. Burning feeling in throat.
3. Sour or bitter taste in mouth.
4. Difficulty in swallowing.
5. Chronic coughing.

1. Have balanced diet, do not load your stomach with more food.
2. Go to bed after 2 to 3 hours eating, do not go early, have a walk after lunch or dinner.
3. Do not exercise after eating.
4. Reduce your weight if you are overweight or obese.
5. Try antacids like maalox or mylanta for neutralization of stomach.
6. H2 blockers like pepcid, tagament, zantac controls the stomach acid production.
7. Avoid foods and beverages that causes burning sensation in your stomach.

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