Does just the thought of sitting down to spicy food have your chest preemptively burning? Do you hate that you’ll be suffering not long after enjoying a beautiful meal? Those with gastroesophageal reflux, or chronic heartburn, deal with some pretty miserable symptoms that can really zap the joy out of eating. Those with reflux won’t just experience miserable heartburn but also a persistent sore throat, unpleasant bleaching and possibly even breathing problems.
Of course, you want to be able to enjoy your favorite foods and mealtimes without worrying about the pain and discomfort that you’ll be in shortly after. Luckily, there are certain measures you can take to reduce your chances of reflux such as nixing caffeine and alcohol from your diet, quitting smoking, eating smaller meals and staying away from spicy or acidic foods like chocolate, citrus and or tomatoes.
If you are following all these bits of advice and still aren’t finding a lot of relief from over-the-counter antacids or other heartburn medications then it’s time to turn to an otolaryngologist who specializes in treating and managing conditions that affect the ears, nose, and throat. It’s particularly important that you seek treatment if you are dealing with hoarseness or other vocal changes, if you are having problems swallowing or if you are dealing with a chronic sore or irritated throat.
Through a simple physical examination, an ENT doctor can easily diagnose whether your symptoms are that of reflux or another issue. If we diagnose you with reflux you’ll want to make some serious lifestyle modifications to help reduce your chances of heartburn.
We will also provide you with different medications, from histamine antagonists to proton pump inhibitors. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing we will determine which kind of prescription medication will best manage your reflux symptoms. We will also continue to monitor your health to make sure that the medication is providing ample relief.
If you find that no medication is able to effectively treat your gastric reflux symptoms then your otolaryngologist may recommend additional treatments.
If you aren’t sure how to handle your gastroesophageal reflux disease then it’s time you turned to a medical professional who can provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for.