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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Overview)

Heartburn is a painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to your neck or throat.


Dr. James Ferguson
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What causes heartburn?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What causes heartburn?

Stomach acidity: Our GI system is in continuous operation, with the average adult swallowing 1 quart of saliva/day & the esophagus opening slightly to let it into the stomach. We feed at intervals & the muscular stomach walls squeeze & mix food with stomach acid. If the esophagus opens to accept saliva while the stomach is squeezing, acid is pushed up the esophagus & may burn the walls.Over time this can cause hb. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Overview)

Heartburn is a painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to your neck or throat.


Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
17 years in practice
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Could having heartburn mean I am pregnant?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
17 years in practice
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Could having heartburn mean I am pregnant?

Yes: Heartburn is a common symptom in pregnancy, but it is a common health problem for nonpregnant women as well. The easiest way to answer this question is for you to do an over the counter pregnancy test available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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Treating Heartburn (Checklist)

Use an over-the-counter medication like Zantac or Prilosec
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Avoid heavy meals
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Limit fatty or acidic foods
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Avoid alcohol
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Dr. Bradford Romans
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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How do I treat heartburn at home?

Dr. Bradford Romans
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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How do I treat heartburn at home?

U can use Tums or: Other antacids or talk to your pharmacist.If this persists for more than a week or two, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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Constant heartburn and acid reflux for over 2 years. How can I get this treated?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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Constant heartburn and acid reflux for over 2 years. How can I get this treated?

Diet,meds&surgery: Avid the foods that cause acid reflux avoid obesity, if obese loose weight h2 blockers like ranitidine and others prton pump inhibiters if nothing else helps than fundal plication surgery or stretta procedure se a gastroenterologist or discuss with your family doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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What are some natural remedies for treating heartburn? Ginger? Mint?

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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What are some natural remedies for treating heartburn? Ginger? Mint?

DGL,slippery elm: Chronic or recurring heartburn needs to be checked out by a doc to make sure there aren't ulcerations, erosions, infection, cancer etc. Heartburn can be worsened by mint, chamomile, tobacco, alcohol, sweets, coffee, chocolate, fried food, spicy, or acidic food, large deglycyrrhinated licorice can coat the esophagus (w/o adrenal/kidney side effects); slippery elm can help-ok short term. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
35 years in practice
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What is a homemade treatment for heartburn?

Dr. Randy Baker
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
35 years in practice
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What is a homemade treatment for heartburn?

Apple cider vinegar: No medicine or home remedy works for everyone but according to the feedback at http://www.Earthclinic.Com/cures/acid_reflux.Html apple cider vinegar is the home remedy that has helped the most people. But while 265 people say it helped, 40 found it did not help or only did a bit. That article gives other remedies to try.Avoiding inciting foods like fats/alcohol to prevent acidity is also important. ...Read more

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are good home treatments for heartburn?

Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Board Certified, Pediatrics
34 years in practice
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What are good home treatments for  heartburn?

Avoid certai. Foods.: Avoid acidic foods such as citrus , tomato, and alcohol. Be careful with caffeine and derivatives. Avoid eating for a couple hours before you lie down or go to sleep. As far as home remedies, try ginger, in any form, chamomile tea, or try a banana. ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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How to cure heartburn?

Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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How to cure heartburn?

Control-yes. Cure?: Heartburn (gerd) is a pain! many reasons for it. Usually obese, poor diet and lifestyle, but many are thin, eat properly and it is there. Avoiding fatty meals, alcohol, spices to some extent, avoiding eating or drinking after 6 P.M., elevating the head of bed 6-8 inches, taking antacids, alginates, h-2 blockers like pepcid, etc, prilosec, etc may help. May need surgery to cure. See pcp/gi doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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How can I get rid of heartburn?

Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
40M people helped

Few things to try...: Heartburn is very common and often lifestyle is a major contributing factor. Smoking/alcohol/caffeine/mint/fatty foods/too-spicey foods, and many medications cause heartburns. Obesity and laying down after meals etc...Are other risks. So, if you can control the above, you r much less likely to suffer heartburn. If above not adequate, otc prilosec/zantac/pepcid may help. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is also known as Heartburn. Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen) during or right after a meal. It may present as a feeling of uncomfortable ...Read more


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