What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is a condition where the stomach acid flows back up into the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach, called the esophagus. This can cause a burning feeling in your chest, also known as heartburn, as well as other symptoms such as regurgitation (when stomach contents come back up into your mouth), difficulty swallowing, and a sour or bitter taste in your mouth.
To manage acid reflux, you can make lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods and drinks, losing weight, and elevating your head while sleeping. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to help reduce symptoms.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
It's time to see a doctor if you experience frequent acid reflux symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, or chest pain. If over-the-counter medications like antacids and proton pump inhibitors do not provide relief or if symptoms worsen, a doctor can prescribe stronger medications or recommend further testing to rule out underlying health conditions.
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