Chronic acid reflux can lead to serious digestive system problems if left untreated. At Northside Gastroenterology Associates in Cypress and Katy, Texas, Dr. Ayub Hussain can stop your heartburn and acid reflux for good. To learn more about treatment options, call one of their offices or schedule an appointment online today.
Acid reflux is a condition that happens when your stomach acids wash the wrong way. This flushes your esophagus, the tube in your throat that carries food down to your stomach.
Acid reflux happens when the lower esophageal sphincter muscle that usually prevents acid from flowing backward doesn't work properly. Your esophageal lining is quite delicate and doesn't withstand stomach acids very well. This leads to sensations of burning (heartburn) and other problems.
In addition to heartburn, acid reflux can also cause other problems like sore throat, cough, and hoarse voice. If you have mild acid reflux twice or more weekly, or moderate-to-serious acid reflux once or more weekly, you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In addition to acid reflux, GERD can also cause unintended weight loss, food sticking in your throat, and other problems.
Risk factors for acid reflux can include:
Although smoking, eating big meals, drinking alcohol, eating late at night, and taking drugs like aspirin don't directly cause acid reflux, they can definitely make it worse.
If you suspect acid reflux, get in touch with Dr. Hussain at Northside Gastroenterology Associates. He's a specialist who can determine whether acid reflux, GERD, or another issue is causing your symptoms.
Dr. Hussain often recommends lifestyle changes, such as keeping a food diary to discover foods that trigger your acid reflux, and discontinuing bad habits like smoking and drinking. Additionally, you may need prescription medication, especially if you suffer from GERD.
Medication options can include H2 receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors to reduce stomach acid and enhance healing. Promotility agents are another medication option that works by helping your lower esophageal sphincter work better.
Acid reflux isn’t unusual from time to time, but if it’s starting to cause regular problems, it’s time to see Dr. Hussain for help. Call the location of Northside Gastroenterology Associates nearest you or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment now.