Acidreflux, more commonly known as heartburn, shares many symptoms withother illnesses or afflictions, but if one knows which in particularto look for, heartburn can easily be diagnosed. Naturally, thequicker the condition is diagnosed, the quicker the treatment can begin!
Acidreflux is not an illness, but instead an amalgamation of varioussymptoms of other problems within the body. GERD (gastroesophegalreflux disease) is the most common cause of heartburn, but it istreatable with medication, dietary changes or other medicalprocesses. Fortunately, various home remedies are available to helpagainst heartburn or GERD.
Acidreflux tends to leave a nasty taste in the back of the mouth,typically a bitter or acidic taste. This is due to the refluxcontaining some digestive acid from the stomach. If swallowing isdifficult or even painful, this is because part of the esophagus hasbecome sensitive due to the acid reflux. A feeling of burning in thethroat is also a strong indication of acid reflux. This feeling canget worse after swallowing, but tends to calm down after a couple ofminutes. The burning feeling is due to the digestive juices from theacid reflux irritating or eating away at the walls of the esophagus.
Atightness or burning sensation in the chest while eating or aftereating can be an indication of acid reflux. Depending on the person'sdigestive system and the amount of food intake, the sensation can alreadyappear during eating, or may even take up to 30 minutes after eatingto appear. The feeling can be anything from a warmth to a painfulburning sensation and may continue for up to a couple of hours.
Aconstant cough, combined with the other symptoms above, can indicateGERD. This cough is brought on by some acid reflux entering thelungs. Similarly, those with asthma will be afflicted by GERD moreeasily, and shallow breathing is a sign of heartburn.
Minorcases of heartburn, typically those without too much discomfort orpain, can usually be quelled by medication from a pharmacist. If thecondition worsens, or is at a point where the pain interferes withone's normal activities, a doctor should be consulted for advice onhow to combat the condition.
Certainfoods, such as caffeine-rich or carbonated drinks, potatoes,tomatoes, chocolate or spicy foods can cause heartburn. Removingthese foods from one's diet can prevent heartburn completely, if theyare indeed the cause. Loose clothing can help alleviate the symptomsof heartburn, and avoiding drinking alcohol can help as well. Drinkplenty of water to soothe the esophagus and stomach.