How is frequent heartburn treated?
Fortunately, you have several options for heartburn relief:
- Try eating smaller meals, and don't eat two to three hours before bedtime.
- Avoid foods that may trigger heartburn, such as fried food, citrus, tomato, spices, peppermint, chocolate, and carbonated drinks.
- Cut back on alcohol and caffeine.
But frequent heartburn can lead to more serious medical conditions. Heartburn is generally associated with a burning pain in the chest or throat. Heartburn can lead to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Barrett's Esophagus and, in a very small number of individuals, esophageal cancer.
- If left untreated for many years, constant acid reflux can cause precancerous changes in cells, a condition known as Barrett's esophagus. A small fraction of people with Barrett's esophagus develop esophageal cancer, which is often deadly.
- If you've got a burning feeling in your chest just behind your breastbone that starts after you eat, it might be heartburn. The symptoms could last from a few minutes to several hours. Chest pain, especially after you bend over, lie down, or eat. Burning at the back of your throat.
- Acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are closely related, but the terms don't necessarily mean the same thing. Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus — the tube that connects the throat and stomach. The most common symptom of GERD is frequent heartburn.
Updated: 28th November 2019