Acid Reflux treatment in Florida
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What exactly is acid reflux?
When we consume liquids or foods, they pass from our esophagus into the stomach. Between the esophagus and stomach, there is a muscle known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). This muscle opens and closes, permitting the passage of food into the stomach.
We all have acid in our stomachs to assist in the digestion of the food we eat. Unfortunately, if our lower esophageal sphincter fails to close all the way, it can allow some of the acid to migrate backward and into the esophagus, sometimes doing damage and/or causing long-term acid reflux. This is when we experience “heartburn” from acid reflux because the acid causes a burning sensation. At Gastroenterology Associates of Florida, our experienced GI doctors commonly treat acid reflux and can help minimize heartburn and other symptoms. If you need to find a doctor who offers acid reflux treatment in Florida, reach out to our facility today.
What causes acid reflux or heartburn?
Although acid reflux is quite common, there is not one, primary, root of reflux. Many factors might contribute to a loss of strength in the lower esophageal sphincter and could then permit stomach acid to move back up the digestive tract. Acid reflux might be caused by several medications, foods, pre-existing conditions, or even activities following the consumption of food. Varying circumstances could impact a person's reflux in extraordinarily differing ways. Examples of frequent factors contributing to acid reflux could include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Hiatal hernia
- Consuming caffeine
- Spicy or fatty foods
- Chocolate, citrus fruits, peppermint, tomatoes, black pepper, garlic, and raw onions
- Alcohol (red wine in particular)
- A weak or compromised LES
- Lying down quickly after eating
- A diet low in fiber
- Sparkling beverages
- Certain medications (such as ibuprofen, aspirin, muscle relaxers, and those for blood pressure)
What are common symptoms of acid reflux?
Commonly, acid reflux is called heartburn. Typical symptoms of acid reflux can include:
- Pain in the chest
- Unintentional weight loss
- The sensation of a lump in the throat
- Regurgitation of food or sour liquids
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms regularly, then you might suffer from a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If that is the case, please contact a Gastroenterology Associates of Florida physician at your earliest convenience.
How can a person relieve acid reflux?
The best and most effective method for relieving acid reflux is to consult with a board-certified GI doctor in Florida. However, there are also some changes in lifestyle that can be implemented that may help lessen the frequency and severity of symptoms. These may include (but are not limited) to:
- Limiting your intake of caffeine
- Losing weight (if overweight)
- Avoidance of "trigger" beverages and foods
- Quitting smoking
- Being sure to stand or sit upright after eating
- Telling your GI specialist about the medication you are currently taking
- Sleeping at an incline with your feet lower than your head
- Eating in moderation and at a slow speed
- Not eating for, a minimum of, 120 minutes before bedtime
What is the difference between acid reflux and GERD?
Most adults have known the burning sensation of acid reflux at some point in their lives. However, GERD is the more serious and chronic variety of acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is most often diagnosed when you experience acid reflux more frequently than two times a week as well as inflammation in your esophagus. If you are having the symptoms of acid reflux three times a week or more, please meet with a gastrointestinal physician at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida today.
You can find treatment for acid reflux
When consistent acid reflux or other concerning GI symptoms occur, it is important to receive help from a gastrointestinal physician. The skilled doctors at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida aim to inform and treat individuals with gastrointestinal concerns, such as acid reflux and GERD. If you suspect GERD or need treatment for acid reflux in Florida, reach out to our GI providers at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to schedule a consultation.
Acid Reflux FAQs
When should I see a GI specialist for acid reflux?
It is important to contact a gastroenterologist if you have acid reflux symptoms more than two times a week, as this could suggest you are experiencing GERD. A more severe form of acid reflux, gastrointestinal reflux disease can damage the upper gastrointestinal tract without the proper care. The GI doctors at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida can review your symptoms and determine a diagnosis for the condition. Our team can also help you pinpoint any acid reflux triggers to reduce your symptoms.
How long should acid reflux take to improve after I begin treatment?
Treatment for acid reflux often involves a blend of medication and dietary changes. Once you find the right treatment for your needs, it may take about 1 – 3 weeks for your body to heal and for you to notice results.
What foods and beverages should I avoid when I have acid reflux?
Certain drinks and food can instigate or exacerbate your symptoms. Items to avoid if you suffer from acid reflux include:
- Foods high in fat
- Greasy foods
- Spicy foods
- Carbonated and caffeinated drinks (such as coffee, tea, soda, and seltzer)
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