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Doctor insights on: Acid Reflux Pillow Wedge

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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Is a wedge pillow safe? My daughter is currently congested plus suffers from acid reflux. Doctor wants her elevated but daycare will only use wedge.

Is a wedge pillow safe? My daughter is currently congested plus suffers from acid reflux. Doctor wants her elevated but daycare will only use wedge.

Depends: I see the baby's age noted at 0, so I am concerned about this. If the baby is less than 12 month of age then she is still at risk for SIDS. Wedge pillows have been associated with SIDS or accidental suffocation in emerging studies. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20121121/infant-deaths-sleep-positioners Put a thick book under her entire crib mattress to elevate bed. ...Read more

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Can you cure acid reflux?

Can you cure acid reflux?

No: You can control the sx of reflux with medication and avoidance fo certain spicy, citrus fruits , chocolate, and greasy foods but you can not cure acid reflux. ...Read more

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Best herb for acid reflux?

Best herb for acid reflux?

Aloe vera: Many patients of mine have reported that aloe helps them with their reflux - but remember, reflux and natural treatments have been around for thousands of years yet only with the advent of modern medication do we get truly 24 hour relief, so if the herbal remedies dont work, the next trip is to a doctor. Also, any weight loss or trouble swallowing you must talk with an md! ...Read more

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Could my acid reflux go away?

Yes: it is usually controllable with meds (such as omeprazole, ranitidine, etc). it may go away with time, particularly if you lose weight, and follow diet recommendations ...Read more

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How do you treat acid reflux?

How do you treat acid reflux?

One way is: to not eat late in the evening before going to bed at least 3-4 hours. Never overeat. Cigarette smoking can also cause acid reflux. Avoid stressors in your environment. Other methods are with medications- antiacids such as tums, (calcium carbonate) H2 blockers such as ranitidine, proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole. Lastly avoid overingestionof NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen which I see you are taking. ...Read more

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How can you control acid reflux?

How can you control acid reflux?

Acid Reducing Meds: Start with taking over-the-counter Omeprazole each morning when you wake up. Also avoid eating right before bedtime. If symptoms persist go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more