Do you find yourself preparing in advance of meals for that familiar burn that creeps up on you afterwards? Are you shying away from your favorite spicy dish in an attempt to avoid another flare-up? If you are tired of the painful, searing sensation of heartburn, perhaps it’s time to find some heartburn solutions that work for your symptoms.
Here are a few simple heartburn treatment options that may help you find a way to cool the heat:
- Enjoy smaller meals more often throughout the day.
- Avoid foods that are known triggers for heartburn. Many common culprits are spicy or rich foods. However, pay attention to how you react to various foods and try to identify your specific triggers.
- Avoid smoking. If you currently smoke, look into a cessation program. Quitlines are a great way to get started.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Not so simple? Brandon Regional can help you manage your weight loss with support groups, educational resources and more.
- Avoid laying down less than three hours after eating a meal. This can help prevent stomach acid from backing up into your esophagus.
- Loosen your belt. Avoid clothing that is too tight in the waist.
Medical Treatment Options
If these heartburn solutions aren't reducing your heartburn episodes, talk to your physician about medical treatment options. Over the counter medications such as simple antacids, including Alka Seltzer, Maalox, Mylanta or Rolaids can be effective in the short term. These medications are a combination of salts that help neutralize your stomach acid before it causes heartburn (they also squelch the fire once it has started). Another option are H2 blockers, which work on your behalf to decrease the production of acid. Common brands include Pepcid AC, Tagamet, and Zantac.
An Incisionless Surgical Solution
Heartburn itself can be a symptom of something aside from just eating too much or delving into the spicy foods too frequently. GERD (also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a common culprit of heartburn. If GERD and heartburn are affecting your lifestyle, food choices and sleeping habits, talk to your physician about surgical solutions.Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) offers patients an incisionless surgical option to re-establish the sphincter located between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent acid back-up. Learn more about this procedure at Brandon Regional and how our Reflux Center can assist you. For more health information or for a physician referral, please call our Consult-A-Nurse service at 1-888-327-2636.