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Can You Reverse Acid Reflux?

What is acid reflux, and what is it caused by?

Acid reflux occurs when acid produced by your stomach moves up into your esophagus. This muscular tube connects your throat with your stomach and has a lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that normally closes as soon as food passes through. When the LES fails to close properly or opens too often, stomach acid can back up into your esophagus, resulting in acid reflux. If this happens more than twice a week, you may be diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This condition can cause many symptoms, including a burning sensation or pain in your chest, difficulty swallowing, and feeling as if you have a lump in your throat or sore throat. If your acid reflux occurs at night, you may also have a chronic cough and disrupted sleep.

What are some risk factors for acid reflux?

The following risk factors can make you more likely to have a problem with acid reflux:

How can you avoid acid reflux in everyday life?

The following are some ways to avoid reflux:

What can you do when you’re experiencing acid reflux?

Over-the-counter medications can sometimes be effective in alleviating acid reflux, but if you find yourself taking these medications frequently, you may need to see a doctor for treatment. This is also true if your efforts at self-care aren’t effective enough and your acid reflux is interfering with your sleep, work, or other activities. If you’re experiencing ongoing symptoms of acid reflux, contact us today with Gotham Gastroenterologists. Our doctors will help you get relief from your symptoms while avoiding future complications. 

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