In addition to causing uncomfortable symptoms, acid reflux can irritate the lining of your esophagus, resulting in complications like bleeding, narrowing and precancerous changes.
When you swallow, your lower esophageal sphincter relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow into your stomach. When this valve weakens or relaxes, the stomach acid doesn’t stay in your stomach and instead flows back up into the esophagus.
Reflux is a normal bodily function that everyone experiences from time to time. It becomes a problem when it happens at least twice a week and the symptoms interfere with your daily life.
Acid reflux is a condition that can be very receptive to lifestyle changes. Many of our patients are able to control their symptoms by:
Your SFENTA physician will initially recommend over-the-counter heartburn medications to control your symptoms, including antacids, H-2-receptor blockers and proton pump inhibitors. If these are ineffective, prescription-strength medications may be prescribed.
If you want to avoid medication, a surgical procedure can strengthen or tighten your lower esophageal sphincter. These surgeries are minimally-invasive and can offer permanent symptom relief for many patients.
If your throat is sore, scratchy and irritated, contact SFENTA today. Our experienced ear, nose and throat specialists will identify the underlying cause of your symptoms and deliver the effective care you need.
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