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Will gargling with salt water irritate acid reflux?

Will gargling with salt water irritate acid reflux?

No, it could help.: Gargling with salt water shouldn't aggravate acid reflux. It could actually help by alleviating some of the inflammation in the the back of the throat and mouth that is brought on when acid travels up from the stomach. Happy gargling! Cheers! ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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Have an upset stomach, took malta and gargled w salt water for acid, does this help. I have acid reflux?

Have an upset stomach, took malta and gargled w salt water for acid, does this help. I have acid reflux?

Acid reflux: Instead of Malta and salt water, you might consider using antacids such as Tums (calcium carbonate) or Mylanta. Generics are fine. In addition, avoiding particular foods which make your problem worse, with most people reporting that tomatoes, onions, citrus fruits, chocolate, and garlic are frequent problem foods. I would also avoid tobacco and alcohol if possible. If this does not help, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will salt water ease a very sore throat that acid reflux is doing?

Generally yes.: That may work but its more important to deal with the reflux. See if the pharmacy may have the correct medicine or visit your physician ...Read more

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Would salt water help to ease very sore throat and gullet that are burned from acid reflux?

Would salt water help to ease very sore throat and gullet that are burned from acid reflux?

Probably not: If your symptoms are truly caused by acid reflux. Measures that would reduce acid exposure to your throat would be better, such as medicine to reduce acid secretion, alkali to neutralize acid, or mechanical maneuvers such as head elevation during sleep. Ask your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more

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Acid reflux does garling with warm water w. salt keep the acid down?

Acid reflux does garling with warm water w. salt keep the acid down?

No: Gargling with salt water may help your throat if it is irritated from the reflux but it does not keep the acid down. You can take antacids for the reflux but also avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Maintain a healthy weight. Eat small meals and avoid eating before bedtime. All these things will help decrease the reflux. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink lemon water with salt in case of acid reflux?

Is it okay to drink lemon water with salt in case of acid reflux?

Safe, not helpful: It's safe, but not likely to be helpful. In fact it might worsen symptoms. ...Read more

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I have really bad acid reflux to where it wakes me in the night and I have to sit up and wait for hours till it stops. Laying down only makes it worse and water doesn't seem to help. What's wrong?

I have really bad acid reflux to where it wakes me in the night and I have to sit up and wait for hours till it stops. Laying down only makes it worse and water doesn't seem to help. What's wrong?

Many Possibilities: If this is chronic and not a new problem may need to consider your diet such as things like coffee, smoking, spicy foods, and alcohol intake. Also there can be a chronic infection of the stomach that can cause this called h. Pylori which can be tested for by blood and stool tests. This is treatable with antibiotics. Also try otc meds like Zantac (ranitidine) and Prilosec with maalox. Try changing diet as well. ...Read more

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Suffering from an imflamed esophagus and acid reflux. What can I drink besides water?

Suffering from an imflamed esophagus and acid reflux. What can I drink besides water?

MILK: Milk is a GREAT antacid!!!

(You also should be treated by a Gastroenterologist)

Hope this helps!
Dr z ...Read more

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Today I ate heavy dinner I was OK then directly I ate sweets and water and now I have acid reflux it is really annoying why that happen to me?

Today I ate heavy dinner I was OK then directly I ate sweets and water and now I have acid reflux it is really annoying why that happen to me?

Reflux: Try to avoid heavy meals at night, concentrated sweets specifically, carbonated drinks. Your symptoms are suggestive of gastroesophageal reflux. ...Read more

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Could acid reflux be misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome?

Anything can be: Misdiagnosed. Acid reflux is easy to confirm with a barium swallow/upper GI xray. Irritable bowel should be a diagnosis of exclusion, that is all other causes of your symptoms need to be ruled out by proper diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux and severe anxiety recently ive been feeling like their is water in my lungs what should I do?

I have acid reflux and severe anxiety recently ive been feeling like their is water in my lungs what should I do?

Severe Anxiety: I understand your distress of severe anxiety
You deserve relief from Anxiety which is causing Acid Reflux
It is not likely that water in lungs is due to acid reflux or severe anxiety.
Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds.
For your peace of mind see a Physician and have X-ray chest.
Then see Psychiatrist for Therapy with Medication. ...Read more

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Hand and arm tremors yday when holding glass of water but not on rest. Lasted for 5 mins, having acid reflux wen it happend, what's the possible cause?

Hand and arm tremors yday when holding glass of water but not on rest. Lasted for 5 mins, having acid reflux wen it happend, what's the possible cause?

Intention tremor: This is an intention tremor which is probably only a temporary situation in your case. It isn't parkinsonian. Unless this tremor continues or involves other structures, you wouldn't need to investigate further with a neurologist. I feel that the gerd was unrelated unless it caused undue anxiety enough to make you tremble. ...Read more

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I'm 18yr old and get acid reflux frequently! I have a healthy diet and only drink water. What could be causing this?

See your doctor: Alcohol, caffeine and smoking can increase reflux. You need to be evaluated if you have frequent reflux as it damages the esophagus. ...Read more

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Is decaf green tea Lipton with tea bags low in acid meaning won't cause acid reflux I got lpr. I can't drink water with meals?

Is decaf green tea Lipton with tea bags low in acid meaning won't cause acid reflux I got lpr. I can't drink water with meals?

DGL is used to: Help with acid reflux and is safe. It is a licorice product found in health food stores. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Decaf is often made using chemicals that are not good for you. Food intake is a partial cause for reflux but not the entire picture. ...Read more

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What could be the reason for yellow tinted/slight white layer on tongue? I have bad acid reflux, urinary problems, and don't drink much water.

What could be the reason for yellow tinted/slight white layer on tongue? I have bad acid reflux, urinary problems, and don't drink much water.

White tongue common: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, ; not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals). ...Read more

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If I put one table spoon of baking soda in 8 oz glass of water after every meal, will this cure my acid reflux? And is it safer than omeprazole for acid reflux?

If I put one table spoon of baking soda in 8 oz glass of water after every meal, will this cure my acid reflux? And is it safer than omeprazole for acid reflux?

No.: And not safer. Too much sodium for starts. I would try an h2 blocker, before moving to a ppi like omeprazole. Long term use can causes many problems. 150-300mg of generic Zantac (ranitidine) may be all you need! ...Read more

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Had pretty bad acid reflux. Burning my esophagus. Experimented with 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar in 8 ou of water. It worked! How? It's acidic!!

Had pretty bad acid reflux. Burning my esophagus. Experimented with 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar in 8 ou of water. It worked! How? It's acidic!!

ACV: Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has acetic acid that can improve digestion. SIgns of low acid and high acid are similar so you may be having low acid and need the extra acidity. Changing die to include fruits and vegetables can actually help resolve symptoms rather than adding ACV or medications. ACV can cause acid burn and remove teeth enamel and cause esophageal burns. ...Read more

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Is there any relation betn constipation/partial bowel obstruction and acid reflux? Wht relieves constipation? Tried fiber, plenty of water w/o much help.

Is there any relation betn constipation/partial bowel obstruction and acid reflux? Wht relieves constipation? Tried fiber, plenty of water w/o much help.

Constipation: Constipation can cause partial obstruction. The partial obstruction could lead to easy fullness and worsen reflux. Increased activity, fluids, fiber, stool softners and laxatives are main treatment. Evaluation to rule out mechanical obstruction including colonoscopy may be indicated in some cases. ...Read more

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Does acid reflux cause breathlessness, nausea and irritability? I laid down almost 1 hr after dinner. Could it be possible?

Possibly: Acid reflux can certainly be a problem in people with reactive airways (such as asthma)--causing increased shortness of breath. Irritability could be due to the breathlessness. Nausea could be related or unrelated, and could worsen the reflux, making everything else worse in turn. If you are breathless, you should consider prompt evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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Hi, I have acid reflux problem. I'm taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 1 tablet every day. Aloe vera juice and coconut water is good for that?

Hi, I have acid reflux problem. I'm taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 1 tablet every day. Aloe vera juice and coconut water is good for that?

DGL: DGL is licorice w/an enzyme removed which could raise BP if taken over a long period of time. DGL is used as a natural replacement for acid blockers. It coats the stomach and esophagus. Peace and good health. If you are on an acid blocker and switch (ask doc first) you may have a rebound effect for a while. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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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


Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more