Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cool The Burn

Some food that may seem safe can give you bad heart burn over and over again, which may indicate you have gastroesophageal reflux disease, (GERD).
Heart burn and GERD are not the same condition. Heartburn is a symptom of GERD, while the latter is the disease itself.
At some point, some people can get heartburn usually after a meal or when you lie down after eating. If you get heartburn a lot, you may have GERD. Sings and symptoms include sour taste in the mouth, trouble swallowing, ongoing cough due to acid reflux, need to clear throat often, hoarseness/loss of voice and chest pain. It's always safe to talk to your doctor right away.

Home Management Care:
  • Over-the-counter medicines should help relieve symptoms for occasional heart burn.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid foods such as alcohol, caffeine, high-fat foods, tomato products, peppermint, garlic, onions, spicy food and chocolate.
  • Avoid late-night snacking.
  • Allow at least 3 hours between dinner and bedtime.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes.