The familiar burning sensation going up your chest and into your throat takes its toll. Sometimes the pain is mild, but other times it’s much harsher, and happens in the worst moments. Acid reflux deters us from enjoying ourselves, while also presenting health risks we may not be aware of. Finding acid reflux relief isn’t rocket science, though. If we’re willing to make a few lifestyle changes, it could help us in the long run.
But making lifestyle changes isn’t always easy. Someone changing their diet or lifestyle does not always profit results immediately, but takes some time, so it can be frustrating. Without those changes, there’s heavy risk involved. Untreated reflux can lead to something as severe as esophageal cancer, a rising disease in the U.S.
Without looking at the worst-case scenario, reflux is still annoying, painful, and difficult to live with. Even if it never turns into esophageal cancer, it’s still something we want to reduce for quality of life. So, let’s figure out some ways to find acid reflux relief.
Finding acid reflux relief
Just like everything else, there are at-home remedies and more elaborate means of finding relief. With this list, there’s a mix of the two. If your reflux symptoms persist, even after making lifestyle changes, consider making an appointment with the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, where our specialists can diagnose and treat with the most accurate technology.
This one’s more difficult than it sounds because a lot of the food we might love causes reflux. Not only is it the food we love, but it’s when we eat it. Thinking about a late-night snack amidst your gaming or show-binge session? Think again! According to WebMD, “A big greasy burger and super-sized serving of fries right before bedtime is a good way to fuel the flame of heartburn. Fatty foods, large portions, and late-night meals are the top three triggers that affect many people with heartburn.”
Here’s a list of foods and ingredients that cause heartburn:
- Spices like pepper and garlic
- Carbonated drinks
Not only is dropping the late-night snacks a good idea but dropping certain habits like smoking will reduce reflux symptoms, too. Not only will you be reducing those symptoms, but your body will thank you later for losing the habit.
Change sleeping positions
Yes, even sleep can affect how bad our reflux symptoms can be. Harvard Medical School states that, “Ideally, your head should be 6 to 8 inches higher than your feet. You can achieve this by using ‘extra-tall’ bed risers on the legs supporting the head of your bed.” So, try it and see what happens.
Receive diagnosis and treatment
Finally, if all other options fail or your symptoms are continuous, seek medical attention from a specialist. At the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, we use what’s called a transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) to properly diagnose your reflux. That means that a small device inserted through the nose and down the esophagus observes the inner workings of your throat. From there, you can discuss treatment options with the physician.
To schedule a same-day or Saturday appointment, call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top of the page. We treat everyone from toddlers to seniors.
- Felson, S. (2019, October 14) Common Heartburn Triggers [Health Website] Retrieved on August 3rd, 2020 from https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/triggers#1
- Harvard Medical School (2015, November) 9 ways to relieve acid reflux without medication [Health Website] Retrieved on August 3rd, 2020 from https://www.health.harvard.edu/digestive-health/9-ways-to-relieve-acid-reflux-without-medicatio