Have you ever experienced heartburn or a burning sensation around the lower chest area? This happens when stomach acid that slowly makes its way up your esophagus (long tube connecting the throat and the stomach). That condition is called acid reflux and the pain is only multiplied ten times when you try to lie down or bend over.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or severe/chronic acid reflux has additional symptoms such as nausea, a sour taste in mouth, sore throat, dry cough and chest pain. If this condition remains untreated, it can lead to serious complications such as Barrett’s esophagus or worse, esophageal cancer.
While the cause of acid reflux disease is still unknown, it’s clear that factors such smoking, obesity, pregnancy, certain foods, genetics, malfunctioning of the lower esophageal sphincter muscles, stomach abnormalitieslike hiatal hernia and certain medications may cause this condition.
Frequent attacks of acid reflux need immediate medical treatment. Mild symptoms can still be treated via natural home remedies for that instant relief. However, if the problem occurs two to three times a week (or more), it’s best to consult your doctor.