Consult an Online Doctor For Acid Reflux

In acid reflux, the muscle at the opening of the stomach, located between the esophagus and the stomach relaxes, letting stomach acid into the esophagus. The condition affects nearly 1 out of 5 people in the US. However, a consultation with an online doctor can help patients ease their acid reflux symptoms.

What is Acid Reflux?

In some cases, the LES opens up more often than it should. This can enable the stomach acids to rise past the LES and into the lower esophagus. The lining of the tissue of the esophagus is irritated by the stomach acid, causing tissue damage.

The condition causes chronic inflammation to the esophagus which can result in other serious conditions. You may need medication or, in some cases, surgery for treatment.

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What Causes Acid Reflux?

The abnormal acid suspension may cause symptoms like heartburn, which presents as a burning sensation in the chest, causing discomfort. If these symptoms occur twice a week or more, it's diagnosed as Chronic Acid Reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Common Causes for Acid Reflux Disease:

  • Overeating
  • Obesity
  • Applying pressure on a full stomach or the abdomen
  • Eating or snacking right before sleeping
  • Drinking certain beverages, such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or tea
  • Smoking
  • Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, certain muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medications
  • Particular food items like spices, dairy, and fried foods
  • Side effects from unrelated medications like allergies asthma blood pressure, anti-depressants, and pain killers
  • A hiatal hernia

What Are the Symptoms of GERD (Chronic Acid Reflux)?

The symptoms vary from person to person but they commonly present as:

  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting and Regurgitation
  • Dysphagia - Sensation of obstructed throat
  • Persistent Cough or dry cough
  • Chest and abdomen pain
  • Difficulties swallowing
  • Sore and scratchy throat

Occasional Symptoms of Acid Reflux

  • Irregular Weight loss
  • Wheezing
  • Bloating
  • Blood in the stool
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting blood
  • Frequent hiccups
  • Frequent burping

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GERD Symptoms in Infants and Children:

  • Frequent vomiting
  • Excessive crying
  • Loss of appetite (in babies and infants)
  • Respiratory issues
  • Scratchy throat
  • Choking Sensation
  • Bad breath
  • Sleeping Difficulty (in infants)

How to Prevent Symptoms of GERD?

Online doctors recommend some dietary and other lifestyle changes to ease acid reflux. These include:

Changes in Lifestyle

  • Eat frequently but smaller meals daily
  • Quit smoking
  • Take naps only in a seated position
  • Avoid wearing constricting clothing
  • Avoid eating right before bed
  • If you’re obese, exercise and maintain a healthier diet to lose weight

Changes in Diet

Online doctors might suggest some dietary changes, including:

  • Fried foods
  • Spices foods
  • Chocolates
  • Alcohol
  • Fatty foods such as dairy products
  • Tomato sauces
  • Coffee 
  • Garlic 
  • Citrus fruits
  • Onions
  • Sodas or carbonated drinks

Makes notes of the foods that cause you problems and find a doctor online for acid reflex.

How Common Is GERD?

GERD and Acid reflux affect roughly 20% of people in the U.S. People of all ages can suffer from GERD, but some people are at a higher risk than others, such as:

  • Pregnant women
  • Smokers
  • People on other medications with acid reflux side effects
  • Obese people

Treatment and Medication

If you're suffering from acid reflux or heartburn for a number of weeks, twice a week or more, you should make an appointment online to consult a virtual doctor. In some cases, despite taking acid reflux medication like antacids, the symptoms may come back. It's recommended that you get an online doctor's consultation immediately. At TelMDCare, patients can get in touch with our online doctors and seek medical help for Acid Reflux. 

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