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Burning sensation after i eat and drink alcohol. From my past history as you can see anything related? I get a lot of acid reflux t

Burning sensation after i eat and drink alcohol. From my past history as you can see anything related? I get a lot of acid reflux t

GERD: Don't see any past history, but drinking alcohol and acid reflux are words that do not belong in the same sentence. Alcohol lowers the pressure of the lower esophageal sphincter and clearly makes gerd worse! reccurrence of sx after alcohol suggests a rather chronic irritative process. Cut out alcohol. Use omepraole once daily for about two weeks and see if you can dodge symptoms recurrence. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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What type of alcohol is better to drink when you have acid reflux?

What type of alcohol is better to drink when you have acid reflux?

None really: Alcohol is a direct irritant of the esophagus (the connection from mouth to stomach) and the stomach. If you already have reflux disease, then any alcohol will cause worse problems. Reflux can be treated by eating smaller amounts more often, being cautious about things that cause irritation, not eating/drinking before sleep, and propping the head of the bed up. Good luck! ...Read more

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If my acid reflux gets better, do you think it would be ok to drink some caffeine and alcohol?

If my acid reflux gets better, do you think it would be ok to drink some caffeine and alcohol?

Yes but it'll return: Caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, chocolate, among other things can flareup acid reflux. If you feel better, then feel free to drink what you choose, but keep in mind that your reflux will most likely return. ...Read more

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I dump 2 feedings after I drink alcohol (drink at 8:00, dump at 10 and 12) could this alcohol, even though i'm dumping, be exacerbating her reflux?

I dump 2 feedings after I drink alcohol (drink at 8:00, dump at 10 and 12) could this alcohol, even though i'm dumping, be exacerbating her reflux?

Probably not: After dumping breast milk until 4 hours after drinking alcohol, the subsequent breast milk probably hasn't enough alcohol in it to alter a baby's reflux. If the reflux is very bad, or the baby is very young or growing well, consulting with a pediatric gastroenterologist is helpful. Also, one can stop the alcohol, thus eliminating the desire to dump milk, and see if things improve for the baby. ...Read more

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How effective is acidophilus complex for gerd/acid reflux? Will it also help with reflux from alcohol?Recommended daily dosage & active culture count?

How effective is acidophilus complex for gerd/acid reflux? Will it also help with reflux from alcohol?Recommended daily dosage & active culture count?

Probiotics R 4 colon: "pro"-biotics are good organisms for your colon (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few. Most are available over-the-counter & need to be taken daily to maintain the probiotic organism population. Benefits include: less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections, improve digestion, decrease inflammation. ...Read more

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21 years old. Everyday alcohol, ciggerete abuse for nearly 7 years. Severe acid reflux for 2 years. Could I have already developed esophageal cancer?

21 years old. Everyday alcohol, ciggerete abuse for nearly 7 years. Severe acid reflux for 2 years. Could I have already developed esophageal cancer?

Need for evaluation: It is unlikely that you have esophageal cancer, but you may have ulcerations in your esophagus. Have you quit alcohol and tobacco? How much do you weigh? if you are overweight, that would make reflux worse, It would be prudent for you to consult a GI doctor for esophagitis and advice about nutrition. ...Read more

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What can you eat and drink if you have acid reflux?

What can you eat and drink if you have acid reflux?

Not so much WHAT...: Volume is an issue -- the more that's in your stomach, the higher the pressure. Eat smaller meals, and stay upright for at least an hour afterwards. Avoid tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, caffeine, peppermint, alcohol, and fatty foods -- these all make reflux worse. Milk may soothe the esophagus; otherwise there are no foods that help. Make sure you take a powerful acid blocker (prilosec) etc. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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