Are heartburn symptoms keeping you awake or making you uncomfortable during your day? Your Greenbelt, MD, gastroenterologists, Dr. Sushil Rattan and Dr. Radman Mostaghim, offer treatments that can help relieve your uncomfortable symptoms.
What causes heartburn?
That uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest may be related to what you eat and drink. Certain foods, particularly those that are acidic, fatty, or fried, can trigger symptoms. Foods and beverages that may cause heartburn include citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, garlic, onion, chocolate, peppermint, and caffeinated drinks.
Your weight may also play a role in your condition, particularly if you’ve gained weight in your abdomen. Fat presses on your stomach, which may cause or contribute to heartburn. Exercise can help you keep your weight under control but may also be a factor in heartburn if you exercise too soon after you eat. It’s best to wait about two hours after eating to exercise.
Heartburn can occur if you smoke, drink alcohol, or take certain medications, such as antibiotics, over-the-counter pain relievers, steroids, and anti-anxiety medication. If you’re pregnant, your heartburn symptoms may be due to increased progesterone.
Chronic heartburn can be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). The disorder occurs when the sphincter between your stomach and esophagus doesn’t close properly, which allows strong stomach acids to irritate the sensitive lining of the esophagus. Other symptoms of GERD include a bad taste in your mouth, too much saliva, hoarseness, and a lump-in-the-throat sensation.
How is heartburn treated?
Your Greenbelt gastroenterologist offers several treatments that can eliminate or reduce heartburn. Over-the-counter or prescription medications may be recommended or prescribed to reduce or block acid production, help foods pass through your gastrointestinal system more quickly, or improve the way the sphincter between your stomach and esophagus functions.
If your doctor suspects that your heartburn may be a symptom of (GERD), he may recommend an endoscopy, a procedure that involves passing a lighted scope with a tiny camera into your stomach and esophagus. Viewing the images transmitted by the camera gives your doctor important information about the condition of your stomach and esophagus and helps him make a diagnosis.
Ease your heartburn symptoms with a visit to Drs. Sushil Rattan and Radman Mostaghim. Call their Greenbelt, MD, office at (301) 982-7900 to schedule an appointment.