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Many people have experienced heartburn, which is an uncomfortable sensation in the chest due to stomach acid, but acid reflux can cause problems farther up in the throat even if you don't feel heartburn.
Common symptoms of acid reflux include a sensation that something is stuck in the throat; difficulty swallowing; dry, itchy, or painful throat and a hoarse voice.
Treatment for acid reflux is tailored to its severity and may include medications to reduce stomach acid.
Anyone who suffers from acid reflux can benefit from avoiding spicy or acidic foods, large meals, citrus fruit and juices and caffeinated and carbonated beverages. Smoking and alcohol also worsen reflux.
If you think you may have acid reflux, an otolaryngologist can determine more by examining your throat.
See your doctor who can prescribe medication if you have acid reflux. Medical nutrition therapy for acid reflux includes reducing high fat foods, spicy foods, alcohol as well as mint, chocolate and spearmint. Reflux is reduced by decreasing the volume of food and liquid in your stomach at one time. Drink fluids between meals, taking small sips at meals. Eat small, frequent meals. Remain elevated 2 hours after eating.
Reflux is your body knocking on your door saying, "I don't like how you've been treating me. All that caffeine and alcohol and cheesecake and burgers is making me sick." You don't need your doctor to tell you what's going on -- your body is telling you! You just need to listen.
Lifestyle modifications (aka "listening") remain the cornerstone of therapy, but alas, a harder pill to swallow than the little purple pill. The little purple pill and other acid blockers do a great job at neutralizing stomach acid. When we put someone on one of these drugs, within a few days they usually call to say how much better they are. The problem is these drugs work so well that people have no incentive to mend their ways -- as long as they take their pill they can often continue to eat pizza at 10 p.m. and feel just fine.
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