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Acid Reflux: How to Know If You Are Having One?

It always accompanies a burning sensation in your chest

Written by Kashish Sharma | Published : March 30, 2023 11:09 PM IST

Acid Travelling Up To Your Throat

Sometimes the stomach acid can travel up to your throat. It is called acid reflux. If it keeps happening over a period, then it is identified by a medical condition called gastro-oesophageal reflux (GERD). The symptoms tend to worsen when lying down or bending over.

Can Cause Chronic Cough

Acid reflux usually happens when the muscle at the lower portion of the oesophagus does not close completely or remains open for a period. This might result in contents of the stomach, especially acidic juices to travel back to the throat. Sometimes it can even cause laryngitis and chronic cough. It must be treated if it happens regularly. It can result in ulcers.

Can Damage Teeth

A less commonly known fact about acid reflux is that it can lead to dental erosion. The acid from the stomach can eat away the enamel which is the outermost layer of the teeth. This layer protects the inner sensitive parts of the tooth. If the enamel damage is permanent. Very often, this condition could also be identified by your dentist. Also Read - Calcium Deficiency: 5 Things That Could Cause It

Elevating Your Head And Chest

Precautions one can take to prevent oneself from acid reflux are eating smaller and more frequent meals, keeping your head and chest at an elevated level from the stomach, not wearing clothes that are tight around your waist, and avoiding food or drinks that trigger the symptoms.