With acid reflux, patients will feel a burning pain in their chest, most often after eating. While it’s not uncommon for this condition to occur occasionally, if you’re experiencing acid reflux multiple times a week, you should consult with an experienced specialist.

Say Goodbye to Acid Reflux with SFENTA

Because acid reflux testing can help your provider determine the right course of treatments, it is often the first step of the care plan. 

The test is an esophageal pH test that tracks the amount of acid that is moving to the stomach over a 24-48 hour period. The test is performed using a probe that is inserted from the nose to the esophagus during an outpatient procedure. After your test, your SFENTA Miami otolaryngologist may 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.

Acid reflux testing

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Why Does Acid Reflux Happen?

When you swallow, your lower gastroesophageal 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; it instead flows back up into the esophagus.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux

  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or liquid
  • Lump in the throat
  • Hoarseness

In addition to causing uncomfortable symptoms, acid reflux can irritate the lining of your esophagus, resulting in complications like bleeding, narrowing, and pre-cancerous changes.

About South Florida ENT Associates

SFENTA offers comprehensive care for the full spectrum of ear, nose, and throat care. For over 30 years, we’ve been helping patients across South Florida find lasting relief from the symptoms impacting their daily lives. What sets us apart in the field of ENT is:

Patient-Centered Care

During your visit, you will be connected to one of our providers, who will create a personalized treatment plan to help you improve your health.

Continuity of Care

Our philosophy is to provide comprehensive care and an exceptional patient experience.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

We’ve developed a provider network of over 50 board-certified physicians, each of whom is an expert in their area of ENT care.

The Security of a Community Staple

SFENTA has become a staple of the South Florida community, having provided care to patients across the area for over 30 years.

Acid Reflux FAQs

Who experiences acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a common condition, and it can develop in patients of any age. Specific foods and drinks such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, high-salt foods, and certain medications can trigger acid reflux and increase the frequency at which it occurs. Patients who are obese or frequently smoke are more likely to experience acid reflux. 

Acid reflux is a condition that can be very receptive to lifestyle changes. Many of our patients can control their symptoms by:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding trigger foods such as tomatoes, alcohol, and chocolate
  • Remaining upright for three hours after eating
  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals
  • Elevating the head of the bed

When should I seek medical care for acid reflux?

Acid 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. If you find you are experiencing frequent bouts of reflux, you should seek medical evaluation and care.

With 37 convenient locations across the South Florida area, we’re never far away.

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