Everyone experiences heartburn sometime, and it’s generally only a minor problem. But do you know when does heartburn become a serious health risk? Dr. Ram Chandra Soni, Gastroenterologist in Faridabad explain about what are the signs to see your Gastroenterologist for your heartburn.
What is the difference between Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)
Let’s know the difference between heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Heartburn is the burning sensation in your chest when acid backs up into your esophagus. As the esophagus is behind the heart, the term “heartburn” was generated. Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux and GERD, and it occurs after eating.
When stomach acid reverses up into your esophagus, irritating the esophageal lining and causing discomfort, acid reflux occurs.
GERD & Heartburn
GERD is diagnosed when the esophageal tissues become inflamed because of recurrent acid reflux. GERD can cause serious damage to the esophagus. The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn. Other symptoms are coughing, vomiting into your mouth, a feeling that something is stuck in your throat, and sore throat.
When your heartburn begins to affect your everyday life, it is time to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist.
Signs to see your Gastroenterologist for heartburn
1.If You’re Still Experiencing Symptoms After Diet and Lifestyle Changes
Certain foods and activities can lead to heartburn, but if you’ve made changes and your heartburn still isn’t going away, it’s time to see a best gastroenterologist in Faridabad.
2. If You Consistently Have Heartburn 2 or More Times per Week
Even if you take antacids regularly to get rid of heartburn, you may still have esophageal damage caused by stomach acid.
3. When over the Counter Medications Are No Longer Working
If OTC are no longer working for you, then you need a prescribed medications to ease your symptoms.
4. If you’ve Been Taking a PPI for More Than 8 Weeks and aren’t under the Care of a Gastroenterologist
Common PPIs ((Proton PUMP Inhibitor) include Prevacid, Nexium, and Prilosec. Using PPI for long term can cause uninvited several side effects, so it’s best to speak to a gastroenterologist.