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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

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Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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