understand the acute acidity

Acute acidity is quite a common problem. When we eat food (healthy or unhealthy), our stomach produces gases within its lining to liquefy the food.

The real problem occurs when these cells produce a large amount of acid, more than what is required by the stomach. In extreme cases, this leads to heartburn, headache, stomach ache and finally, acidity. Today, with expert inputs from Dr. Sukhvinder Singh Saggu, Sr Consultant Laparoscopic, Gastro & Obesity surgeon at Fortis Jessa Ram Hospital, New Delhi let us delve deep into understanding acute acidity.

Causes of acute acidity.
There are several causes of acute acid reflux, but commonly people, who are obese, drink excessive liquor, smoke, eat oily, spicy, and junk foods, or suffer from hiatus hernia, tend to suffer from acidity. Pregnant women can be victims of acid reflux as well.

Diseases that might cause acute acidity.
There is no fixed disease that causes acute acidity but it is observed that in many cases, the acute acidity is caused during pregnancy, in people suffering from Hiatus hernia, people suffering from Asthma or when there is surgical damage to the lower esophageal.

Checking the symptoms of acute acidity.
The most common symptom of acute acidity is heart burn, which people commonly consider as heart pain. The other symptoms are:

- feeling of food being stuck in the middle of your chest, - one might also feel food coming back to the mouth (feeling acidity taste in the mouth), - difficulty in breathing, especially when trying to sleep, - and heaviness in the chest.

The symptoms vary from person to person and on the condition of their disease and stage.

Home remedies for acute acidity. The foremost important remedy in controlling acute acidity is to eat your dinner three hours before sleeping.

Say no to tobacco, excessive liquor intake, overeating on chocolates, smoking, and caffeine, as these habits aggravate acidity.

Always eat light,
small and frequent meals. Never keep your stomach empty, as it generates acidity. Drink maximum water, at least 6-8 glass of water in the day, as it helps you to wash out acidity from the body.

Drink cold milk or coconut water. Eat fruits such as bananas and papaya, as these help improve digestion.

Treatment of acute acidity.
The treatment of acidity is done on the condition of the patient. Usually, the procedure starts with the antacids, to reduce the stomach acidity. If the patient does not feel relief, then we start with porton pump inhibitor medicines, and if there is still no relief, then we go with a surgical procedure. In the surgical procedure, the oesophageal sphincter is strengthened, which is done through laparoscopic. Only a small percentage of people suffering from GERD require this procedure.

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