GERD/Acid Reflux

Dealing with GERD/Acid Reflux In Kailua Kona, HI

Most people experience acid reflux at least once in their lives. Acid reflux occurs when a valve at the end of your esophagus doesn’t close properly after the food arrives at your stomach and causes a backwash of acid to flow back up into your throat and mouth. This can cause a sour taste and can cause minor irritation and pain. However, when this occurs more than twice a week consistently, this may be a sign of something more serious. If you find yourself constantly taking antacids or heartburn medications and your symptoms continue happening, you may be dealing with gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

Signs of GERD

The most obvious symptom of GERD is consistent heartburn and acid reflux. This can also be accompanied by chest pain or hoarseness in the morning. You may also feel like you have food stuck inside your throat or that your throat is tight. Sometimes, GERD may also cause you to gag and have a dry cough and bad breath.

Managing Your GERD

While GERD itself may not be life-threatening, the consistent inflammation of your esophagus may end up leading to something more serious. Because of this, it’s important to talk to your doctor about managing your symptoms and treating your GERD. The most common forms of treatment are antacids or prescription medications that your doctor may prescribe. In severe cases, you may need surgery to deal with your GERD.

Along with medications, an important part of treating GERD is avoiding triggers. This may include making some lifestyle changes, such as avoiding spicy foods, fried foods, alcohol, coffee, or citrus fruits. It’s important that you can identify which foods trigger your symptoms so that you can avoid them in the future.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you have any concerns or further questions about GERD, be sure to contact your doctor at Sensei Surgery in Kailua-Kona, HI, today at (808) 313-8338.

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