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How Long Can Acid Reflux Last
As to an immediate episode, it lasts until the acid is neutralized or clearer from the esophagus. Use water and an antacid. As to the condition, more long term control measures are needed...Daily proton pump inhibitors (meds), diet control, sleeping techniques (head elevated), possibly surgery to correct a stomach valve issue?
For immediate relief, use water and antacid. ...Read more
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
Symptoms can last: For awhile if acid reflux is untreated and there are no changes to your diet. If you have acid reflux, you can use an over the counter antacid (e.g., Tums), acid blocker (e.g., Pepcid or Tagamet) or a proton-pump inhibitor (e.g., Prevacid (lansoprazole) or Nexium) to help but you also need to cut out the causes - e.g., spicy, tobacco, caffeine, etc. If none of this works, see your doctor for an exam. ...Read more
Symptoms: Acid reflux is actually part of every day life for all of us. Infants often peak in their symptoms around 3-5 mo and become less so as the begin to sit/stand/walk. The fact that they are not laying down begins to decrease their reflux symptom intensity. Most come off acid reducers gradually but may revisit the issue occasionally in childhood or their teens. Diet & behavior have a lot of impact. ...Read more
How long does a single episode of acid reflux last? I don't have any ant acids to take, so about how long? I don't have acid reflux often.
As above l: It depends on the cause.Get a more detailed answer ›
What's more effective for acid reflux, 300mg of ranitidine or 20mg of famotidine? Which one is likely to last longer, the effects?
I just started taking a PPI for acid reflux. I read an article last year that long term use of PPIs can cause chronic kidney disease. Is this true?
You may be: Right. If your doctor prescribes long term PPI use for you, then you should take it as prescribed. However, it is best to have your kidney function checked at least once or twice a year to make sure that you are not one of the very few people with this adverse effect. Here is a good article to read: http://www. Gastro. Org/info_for_patients/gerd-107-long-term-use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-ppis ...Read more
I have a sore tongue that I am pretty sure is from acid reflux. Am on 40mg protonix (pantoprazole) and 300mg gabapentin and low acid diet. How long will this last.
Sore tongue: Your "sore tongue" is not related to your acid reflux, if in fact you have this condition. Are you self medicating with OTC protonix (pantoprazole) and Ranitidine? It is unnecessary to take both. Why are you on Gabapentin? I don't see anything under conditions that supports that prescription unless you have been diagnosed with "neuralgia" or seizures. Tongue pain is worrisome for cancer if h/o to and alcohol. ...Read more
How long does this discomfort in my throat/tongue/under my chin will last due to acid reflux? 1 month and a half taking omeprazole with slight relief.
Burning in throat & feels like something is there when I swallow & bitter taste in mouth. Has lasted for 4 days. Can acid reflux to last this long? N
Maybe, but...: Could also be some other cause for the symptoms. One's doctor can check. Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). ...Read more
My eight year old daughter has been having stomach pain for one month. Today she threw up. She's had gas, bloating, nasia and acid reflux. Can virus last this long? Any way to cure virus?
Unlikely virus: One month of abdominal symptoms is a little longer than one would expect from a virus alone. Abdominal discomfort can be from a lot of causes like constipation, stomach infection with H. Pylori, acid reflux, irritable bowel, celiac disease, or IBD. Try her on a natural organic diet rich in fiber and fluids. Also try probiotics. If not helping in a few days, see a specialist. ...Read more
For 2 days feels like there's a lump in throat & it burns. Burping & sometime bitter taste in mouth. Antacids don't help-can acid reflux last this long?
Possible LERD: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. May however not be reflux so please get yourself checked. ...Read more
Minutes to years: "Los Angeles classification" is the most widely used system to describe endoscopic appearance of reflux esophagitis &grade its severity. Reflux can be episodic, progressive & recurrent, as well as atypical (laryngopharygneal reflux), even silent. Both acid & nonacid material can variably reflux. ...Read more
Possibly forever: Reflux is a natural event where stomach contents bubble up into the lover esophagus. Belching/burping are a dry form of reflux. It is when the acid backwash produces symptoms that people feel the pain & get the disease label.Nicotine, caffeine & laying down after eating aggravate the process. Avoiding those helps it. Medications can help for a while but changing lifestyle choices helps more. ...Read more
Depends: If these are few and far between, then an over-the-counter antacid like Tums or Pepcid (famotidine) ac will work within an hour. However, if you have daily episodes of acid reflux, you are better of taking a medication such a Prilosec daily (which may take 1-2 days to take effect however). ...Read more
Depends: When the cause is gone, so will the symptoms be gone. Medications, illnesses, posture, obesity and diet, will need to be addressed. Massage for any chest wall pain can help reflux. Ask yourself when it began, and seek help to overcome the problems involved. Long term symptom control with medications may have adverse side effects on your bones so be careful. ...Read more
GERD is progressive: Chronic exposure of stomach contents to your esophagus can lead to progressive inflammation in the form of erosions, ulcers, strictures (that get narrower as the scar tissue involved contracts) that trap food, barrett's esophagus (intestinalized tissue), & ultimately esophageal adenocarcinoma. Also may see laryngitis, airway irritability, asthma, chronic sinusitis, ear clicking. Get evaluated & rx. ...Read more
I recently had an esophaectomy.....I was advised I would no longer suffer with acid reflux. I still suffer..... Is this uncommon?
Different: Technically you cannot have gastroesphageal reflux as the esophagus was removed. It is likely that you are experiencing symptoms from the stomach being brought up after removing the esophagus. The acid of the stomach can still reach the upper throat (pharynx) and may cause symptoms including the feeling of swallowing difficulties. ...Read more
Constant acid reflux and has trapped in my chest, it's lasted 2 days now! What is this? How to stop it?
Without knowing more history and seeing exams it may well be a hiatal hernia with reflux. (gerd) if these tips do not help see md.
Eat small meals with snacks. Drink less fluids with meals, more between meals, lie with head elevated. Lose weight reduce straining possibly with stool softeners and reduced lifting.
Use anti-acids and a good one for reflux is Gaviscon taken as directed. ...Read more
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