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Have been having acid indigestion. Is heartburn/acid caused by bacteria in the colon or stomach? Or some other cause?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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In brief: Possible bacteria

Heartburn, or esophageal reflux disease, is caused by stomach acid irritating the esophagus.
Ulcers, or erosion of the stomach lining, are caused by acid and a bacterial infection, helicobacter pylori. The bacteria is thought to weaken the acid-resistant stomach lining, and is usually treated with a combination of antibiotics and an acid reducing medication. See your doctor if you have symptoms.

In brief: Possible bacteria

Heartburn, or esophageal reflux disease, is caused by stomach acid irritating the esophagus.
Ulcers, or erosion of the stomach lining, are caused by acid and a bacterial infection, helicobacter pylori. The bacteria is thought to weaken the acid-resistant stomach lining, and is usually treated with a combination of antibiotics and an acid reducing medication. See your doctor if you have symptoms.
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