Acid Reflux Symptoms
Acid Reflux Symptoms
are generally experienced as a burning sensation or soreness in the mid-chest area right up into the throat in some cases. According to the American Dietetic Association’s Guide to Better Digestion (2003), approximately 25 million Americans or 9%, experience symptoms of acid reflux daily, while approximately 20% have acid reflux symptoms at least once or twice a month, that’s 60 million Americans who suffer these painful symptoms on a regular basis.
Acid Reflux Symptoms are Most Often Diet Related
and usually show up after eating spicy or rich foods, about an hour or so after eating and in the case of common acid reflux are usually the result of bending stooping. Many people discover that they experience worse symptoms at night, probably due to lying down when they go to sleep.
It is important to note that acid reflux symptoms are sometimes an indication of a more serious condition like Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease also known as GERD. This is a condition involves a defect in the ileocecal valve which is responsible for sealing the bottom of the esophagus and requires a doctor to properly diagnose.
Acid reflux symptoms are can be treated successfully by a physician once proper tests have been conducted to ensure that a patient is suffering from acid reflux disease and not something more serious.
Although acid reflux symptoms in babies are quite common, those symptoms are not as clear as they are in adults and it may be difficult to diagnose. Odynophagia (painful swallowing), drooling, and refusal to take food should not be taken lightly and should be discussed with your pediatrician as they may indicate a more serious problem. Also when acid reflux symptoms are experienced by women during pregnancy, care should be taken before using any kind of remedy without consulting a doctor first.
Another problem associated with acid reflux is Barrett’s esophagus which is a condition resulting from damage to the cells of the lower esophagus from repeated exposure to stomach acid causing a partial digestion of the cells. Barrett’s esophagus is most often diagnosed in people with chronic, long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and increases the risk of esophageal cancer. Smoking can substantially increase the risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus in people with chronic acid reflux symptoms.
Given the potential risk of serious health risks related to experiencing acid symptoms it would be prudent to consult a doctor if those symptoms occur with any regularity.