Think you may be taking too many antacids? Wondering what heartburn is and what you can do about it?
We asked the National Institutes of Health to tell us more.
We know: Heartburn and Acid Reflux
Whatís heartburn and acid indigestion?
Heartburn is a burning sensation to the chest or throat that often occurs when refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus. Sometimes you can taste the fluid in the back of your mouth. This is acid indigestion.
When you have heartburn more than twice a week it can be considered gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD.
What causes GERD?
Your esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach. GERD occurs when a muscle in your lower esophagus doesnít close properly and the contents in your stomach leak back into your esophagus.
Who can get GERD?
Anyone, including infants, children and pregnant women.
What are the symptoms of GERD?
Symptoms include persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation. Some people have GERD without heartburn. Instead, they experience pain the chest, hoarseness in the morning and trouble swallowing.
Other symptoms include the feeling food is stuck in your throat, you are choking, a dry cough and bad breath.
In children, GERD may be caused by immature digestive systems. A child may repeatedly vomit, cough or have respiratory problems.
What are the common treatments for GERD?