Treatment For Acid Reflux

How your gastroenterologist in Honolulu, HI, can help you get relief from acid reflux

If you feel heartburn when you eat spicy or acidic foods, don’t ignore it. Frequent heartburn could be a sign of acid reflux. Fortunately, acid reflux is very treatable, and your gastroenterologist can help.

Dr. Stephen Buto in Honolulu, HI, provides a wide range of GI services. He can help you get relief from acid reflux or GERD.

Acid reflux happens because the sphincter muscle which separates your stomach from your esophagus isn’t working properly. This muscle normally closes off the stomach, so stomach acid can’t back up into your esophagus.

When the muscle doesn’t close completely, stomach acid flows back up into your esophagus, causing the burning sensation in your throat and chest, commonly referred to as heartburn.

If acid reflux goes untreated, it can develop into gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Untreated GERD can result in damage to your esophagus or even esophageal cancer.

You may have acid reflux or GERD if you experience:

  • Frequent sore throats
  • Frequent bad breath
  • Frequent wheezing or dry coughing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chest or abdominal pain

You may also notice your teeth becoming more sensitive, or an increased frequency of tooth decay, from your teeth, being exposed to excess stomach acid.

There are some lifestyle changes you can make which can help minimize symptoms of acid reflux. Remember to:

  • Take over-the-counter antacids
  • Avoid lying flat after eating
  • Avoid eating spicy, acidic foods
  • Eat small meals instead of large amounts of food
  • Don’t smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight

For moderate to severe acid reflux, you should visit your gastroenterologist. There are several effective professional treatments, including medications to control the production of stomach acid, diet modifications, and lifestyle changes.

Acid reflux is more than just occasional heartburn. You can get relief from acid reflux and it begins with a simple phone call. To learn more about acid reflux and GERD signs, symptoms, and treatment, call Dr. Stephen Buto in Honolulu, HI, at (808) 524-7676. Call today.

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