I woke at 2 am with a fiery liquid in my throat. Kept coughing. Chest ok. Took 2 Tums (calcium carbonate) and some alkaseltzer. Right protocol? Chest burns a little today

Reflux. Liquid antacid elevate head of bed avoid lying down within four hours of eating. Diet reduce or stop caffeine avoid heavy spices decrease or stop alcohol. If you spike a fever or develop cough see physician immediately at risk for a difficult pneumonia called aspiration pneumonia both chemical and bacterial.