What Is Acid Reflux?
Acid Reflux is a digestive disorder resulting from weakness or damage to the lower esophageal sphincter, located between the esophagus and the stomach. The weakness or relaxation of this sphincter allows stomach acid to flow into the esophagus. Symptoms of acid reflux are similar to heartburn or indigestion, including a burning pain from your stomach, chest, or throat, regurgitation of sour or bitter acid, bloating,burping, hiccups, and nausea. Symptoms may not respond to over the counter treatments. Patients from in and around Yonkers, New York
who suffer from acid reflux should make appointments for consultations with the doctors at Gastroenterology of Westchester forassessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Causes Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux can be caused by a hiatal hernia which weakens the lower
esophageal sphincter and allows stomach acid to travel up the
esophagus from the stomach. In addition to hiatal hernias, there are a
variety of factors that can lead to acid reflux including:
- Overeating at a meal
- Snacking before bed
- Certain foods including citrus fruits, garlic, spicy, or fatty foods
- Caffeinated or carbonated beverages like tea, coffee, or sodas
- Certain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medication
How Is Acid Reflux Treated?
The doctors at Gastroenterology of Westchester may suggest a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to address your acid reflux symptoms. They may suggest eating smaller but more frequent meals throughout the day, raising your head when sleeping, not eating for at least 2 hours before bedtime, and taking steps to lose weight if you are overweight or obese. There are a variety of medications that may be prescribed including antacids to neutralize the acid from your stomach, H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors which decrease acid production, and foaming agents that coat your stomach to prevent reflux. If your acid reflux doesn’t respond to lifestyle changes and medication the doctor may suggest surgery to correct the physical
condition or abnormality that is causing your stomach to release acid into your esophagus. The doctors at Gastroenterology of Westchester treat each patient with a customized treatment plan to address his or her unique symptoms and needs.