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How long does it typically take acid reflux to go away?

Varies: but in a great number of people it is life long. Frequently the reflux is associated with a medical (structureal) condition such as hiatal herna or motility issue such as with diabetes. These are not necessarily either temporary nor fixable. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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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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How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to go away?

How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to go away?

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

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Help please? How long does it take the burn feeling of acid reflux to go away?

Help please? How long does it take the burn feeling of acid reflux to go away?

Depends...: ...on the extent of mucosa damage (if any), the effectiveness of peristalsis (e.g. acid clearance), lower esophageal function, the rate of gastric emptying, and the degree to which your medication blocks or neutralizes acid. Some drugs take longer to work than others. Also, there may be another condition that mimic"acid reflux" for which acid blockers may be inappropriate or sub-therapeutic. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acid reflux to go down if you just started it, have a problem with laying down & eating. Feel it in my chest so how long????

How long does it take for acid reflux to go down if you just started it, have a problem with laying down & eating. Feel it in my chest so how long????

Needs treatment: Acid refluxJ will not go away on its own unless it's treated. The best treatment is too elevate your head end of bed by putting something under the legs of bed on that side. You can try some antacids like Tums or Mylenta for temporary relief. Medicines like zantac (ranitidine) or axit will help better and for longer period. the best medicines are something like prilosec or prevacid for a short term of 2 wks ...Read more

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How long does acid reflux take to treat?

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

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Can you die from acid reflux? If so how long does it take to die from it?

No, not really: Acid reflux is a chronic/life long disorder. It is rare to die due to it. That only happens if you developed more complications like cancer of the esophagus which is one of the complications that can occur after 20+ years of uncontrolled acid reflux but it is rare. ...Read more

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I have had acid reflux nearly 4 years now. It is clearing up slowly. My question, how long should it take the barrett's syndrome damage to heal up.

Maybe never: Once barrets disease is found, it is rare to reverse. However, proton pump inhibiitors like Omeprazole and Nexium (esomeprazole) may delay progression of barrets disease to esophageal cancer. Rf ablation can be used to destroy barrets tissue. ...Read more

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With acid reflux does it take a long time for your food to digest ?

Not necessarily: In general fatty foods take longer to digest with or without acid reflux. However, you do need to get treatment for acid reflux as it can have many unpleasant consequences. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acid reflux to cause espphageal cancer?

How long does it take for acid reflux to cause espphageal cancer?

Varies: Chronic gerd can cause changes to the distal esophagus. These cellular changes are called barrett's esophagus. Once seen on biopsy, these changes must be followed by endoscopy to look for dysplasia, a premalignant cellular change. This usually takes years, so medical management is very important, and endoscopic survey may be necessary. Speak to your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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