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Acid Reflux

Gastroenterology located in Roseville, CA
Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux services offered in Roseville, CA

Acid reflux is common and not always a serious health concern. However, if you have ongoing acid reflux, you need to schedule a consultation at Capitol GI in Roseville, California. Chronic acid reflux may cause damage to your esophagus and put you at risk of developing other health problems. Capitol GI’s board-certified gastroenterologists offer advanced diagnostic tools and treatment for acid reflux, easing symptoms and reducing the risk of complications. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today. Telehealth visits are available.

Acid Reflux Q&A

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux refers to the regurgitation of the acidic contents of your stomach into your esophagus, causing a burning sensation in your chest or neck. 

Acid reflux is common and may occur when you eat too much or eat certain types of food. 

When should I seek help for acid reflux?

You should schedule an appointment with the experts at Capitol GI if your acid reflux frequently occurs, more than twice a week. Regular acid reflux means you have a chronic condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). 

When left untreated, GERD may damage the delicate esophageal tissue causing problems such as esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus) or esophageal strictures (narrowing of the esophagus).

Chronic acid reflux also puts you at risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus, which occurs when the cells that line the lower part of the esophagus change into abnormal cells. Barrett’s esophagus increases your risk of developing esophageal cancer. 

What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

Symptoms of acid reflux vary from person to person. However, most people experience heartburn that worsens when they lie down. Other symptoms include:

  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Bitter taste in the back of the mouth
  • Chronic cough
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Frequent burping
  • Hoarseness

You may also feel pain when you swallow.

Your Capitol GI gastroenterologist performs a thorough evaluation when you come in with concerns about acid reflux. They review your symptoms and medical history and complete a physical exam. 

They can diagnose GERD after a history and physical, but may recommend an upper endoscopy to evaluate your esophagus to confirm or rule out other complications.

What are the treatments for acid reflux?

Your gastroenterologist customizes your acid reflux treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and related complications. Treatment for acid reflux may include:

  • Avoiding foods that trigger symptoms (e.g., fried foods, spicy foods, or acidic food)
  • Limiting the use of aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals
  • Not eating too close to bedtime
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Smoking cessation
  • Using antacid medication or proton-pump inhibitors (PPI)

In some cases, your gastroenterologist at Capitol GI may recommend surgery to treat GERD.  You may also need regular upper endoscopy procedures to monitor for Barrett’s esophagus.

To get relief from acid reflux, call Capitol GI or book an appointment online today.