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Acid Reflux (Stretta): Causes, Symptoms, Risks, and Preventions

What is acid reflux?

The stretta procedure is used to treat for gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) which is also called acid reflux. This treatment is also non-intrusive, which means non-intrusive procedures don not involve a break in the skin. As there is no contact with the internal body cavity, other than the artificial or the natural body.

The acid reflux disease (GERD) is a common chronic digestive disorder.

Causes of acid reflux:

From time to time, most of the people experience heart burn. Some of the reasons, for its causes are;

  • Certain foods and drinks such as; Chocolates, spicy foods, coffee, alcohol and fatty foods
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Some medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight

 

A heart burning feeling that occurs in your heart chest is caused by stomach acid that goes up to your throat. If this repeatedly happens its certainly called gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Symptoms of acid reflux:

Some of the main symptoms of acid reflux are;

  • Heart burn (sensation of burning in the middle of your chest)
  • Coughs/ Hiccups keep coming back
  • An unpleasant sour taste in your mouth
  • Bloating and feeling sick
  • Hoarse voice
  • Bad breath

When to see a GP?

  • If you have the heart burning sensation for more than 3 weeks
  • If pharmacy medicines are not reducing the symptoms
  • If you have symptoms like, food getting struck in your throat
  • If your frequently falling sick
  • If your losing weight for no reason

 

For the above mention symptoms of acid reflux, your GP may prescribe medicine that will help reduce the acidity in your stomach.

Risks and Prevention methods:

Some of its prevention methods are;

  • If your over weight, try to lose weight
  • Find ways to relax yourself
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Do not drink too much alcohol
  • Don’t wear clothes that are tight around your waist

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