Do you suffer from unpleasant symptoms of acid reflux? Get to the bottom of its cause and find the right treatment for you with the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates, a family practice located in Aliso Viejo, California. Book your appointment online or over the phone today.
Acid reflux is a condition that occurs when your lower esophageal sphincter, the valve at the entrance of your stomach, doesn’t close all the way, or opens when it shouldn’t. This allows acid to come up from your stomach into your esophagus.
If you get acid reflux more than twice a week, you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Common symptoms of acid reflux include:
Note that you don’t have to have all of these symptoms to have acid reflux.
One of the most common causes of acid reflux is poor diet and lifestyle choices. By changing these habits, you can often stop the acid reflux. Some changes you can try include:
Also, if you know that some foods trigger your acid reflux, it’s important to limit your intake of them. When you visit the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates, they may also determine certain foods, beverages, and/or medications you need to avoid.
Many over-the-counter medications help stop the symptoms of acid reflux. However, they often have side effects, such as constipation or diarrhea. Also, it’s not usually sustainable to constantly take over-the-counter medications to calm your acid reflux.
Sometimes, doctors do prescribe medications for acid reflux. Some of the most common of these prescriptions include:
H2 blockers decrease acid production.
Prokinetics work by strengthening the lower esophageal sphincter and helping your stomach empty faster.
Foaming agents provide relief by coating your stomach.
Like H2 blockers, proton pump inhibitors limit the amount of acid your stomach produces.
If a doctor prescribes you acid reflux medication, make sure not to combine it with another medication without getting their approval first.
Acid reflux is, at least, uncomfortable, and at worst, disruptive. Put a stop to it today by consulting with the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone.