Treating Your Persistent Heartburn

Treating Your Persistent Heartburn

Everyone has heartburn occasionally, but if you are suffering frequent episodes of persistent heartburn, you could have a treatable condition known as acid reflux. Your GI doctor can help. Dr. Sushil Rattan and Dr. Radman Mostaghim at GI Med Health in Greenbelt, MD, provides a wide range of GI services, including treatment of heartburn.

What You Need To Know About Heartburn

Heartburn, known as acid reflux, happens when the sphincter muscle separating your esophagus from your stomach doesn’t close properly. If the sphincter muscle stays open, partially or completely, stomach acid can back up into your esophagus, causing uncomfortable heartburn signs and symptoms. Common signs and symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn include:

  • A sore, scratchy throat
  • A chronic burning sensation in your throat and chest
  • Chronic sensitivity in your teeth and gums

You can do a lot to manage heartburn if you:

  • Take over the counter antacids
  • Avoid lying flat after eating
  • Avoid eating spicy, acidic foods
  • Eat small meals instead of large amounts of food
  • Avoid smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight

If your signs and symptoms of heartburn don’t respond to simple changes, or if your heartburn is getting worse or more frequent, you should visit your GI doctor, because heartburn can turn into a chronic condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD signs and symptoms are more severe, and can include:

  • Severe sore throats
  • Frequent wheezing or dry coughing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Severe dental sensitivity
  • Increased tooth decay

When you visit your GI doctor, your doctor may recommend diagnostic tests, including an endoscopy, to check for damage to your esophagus and upper digestive system. Your GI doctor may recommend:

  • Prescription strength medications to control the production of stomach acid
  • Dietary changes and meal planning
  • Lifestyle modifications

Want To Know More About Heartburn?

To find out more about the signs, symptoms, treatment, and management of heartburn, call Dr. Rattan and Dr. Mostaghim at GI Med Health in Greenbelt, MD. You can reach them in the office by calling (301) 982-7900, so call today.

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