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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Acid Reflex

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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Symptoms of acid reflex?

Symptoms of acid reflex?

Several: Symptoms include belching, heartburn, cough, abdominal pain, hoarseness. It is rare to have all these symptoms. Alarm symptoms include weight loss and food getting caught. If you have these, you should see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Causes and prevention of acid reflux?

Causes and prevention of acid reflux?

Food: Most reflux issues are due to diet. Don't eat foods that you expect to cause heartburn. This may seem like common sense advice but needs to be said. If you continue to have symptoms however, you should be evaluated for a short course of medication and possible even a stomach scope (egd) to rule out ulcers and damage to the stomach and esophagus. ...Read more

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Ways to prevent acid reflux in surgery?

Ways to prevent acid reflux in surgery?

Sometimes: If it is caused by some conditions then yes, maybe. See a gastroenterologist (gi specialist) to see what is causing your reflux and if surgery might help you. ...Read more

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Would acid reflex be deadly if left untreated?

Would acid reflex be deadly if left untreated?

Possibly: Long-term complications of uncontrolled reflux are esophageal strictures (that may need repeated endoscopic procedures to fix), Barrett's esophagus (a precancerous condition that will need regular endoscopic monitoring) and of course esophageal cancer. A lot of this will depend on some other risk factors such as smoking history, family history to name a few. ...Read more

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Can acid reflex kill you if it is not treated?

Can acid reflex kill you if it is not treated?

Rare, but..: Major concerns are longterm complications. Reflux causes injury over years, potentially leading to cancer. Depending the amount/degree of refluxing, there are certain subgroups that can have more acute injury/complications. Some infants have sids thought to be associated with gerd. Some adults may have significant lung disease and/or infection associated with refluxing. ...Read more

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Will acid reflex always show up on a endoscopy?

Maybe: An endoscopy will show if there is tissue damage from acid reflux. But many people have an acid sensitive esophagus (indigestion feeling) without any irritation identifiable on endoscopy. ...Read more

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Should I use acid reflex formula or lactose free?

Depends on…: Symptoms. Do u get a lot of gas & loose bm's after dairy foods? Or do you get heartburn, sour taste in mouth after fatty foods, chocolate, spicy foods, caffeine, certain meds (aspirin, tetracycline, beta-blockers)? Lactose-free products or lactase tablets + simethicone can relieve those symptoms. For other condition described, acid reflux meds will work best. If combined problem, use both. ...Read more

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Do I have acid reflex if i feel pain under my left rib?

Not likely: Gerd can cause a variety of symptoms however, typically the pain is in the middle of the abdomen (center- called "epigastrum") or chest. ...Read more

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I eat bag wise white cheddar popcorn a day and I have acid reflex. Is it good for me?

I eat bag wise white cheddar popcorn a day and I have acid reflex.  Is it good for me?

Your doc can give: You something for it after he/she diagnoses it. You can also use DGL, available in the health food store. These capsules are licorice w/out an enzyme that raises blood pressure. They coat the lining of esophagus. Peace and good health. Experiment and see if staying away from the popcorn works for you. Replace it w/an apple. Peace and good health. ...Read more