Heartburn vs. Acid Reflux

woman having trouble swallowingYou might think that acid reflux and heartburn are the same things, but there are differences between them. What are these differences, and how do you know if you need treatment for them? Learn more about heartburn and acid reflux.  

Can You Have Heartburn Without Acid Reflux?

Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. If you have heartburn, it means you’re experiencing acid reflux. 

What’s the Difference Between Gastritis and Acid Reflux?

Gastritis and acid reflux are both associated with inflammation and irritation. However, they affect different parts of your digestive system. Gastritis occurs when the lining of your stomach is inflamed. Acid reflux occurs when your esophagus is inflamed. It’s important to know which condition you have so that you can get proper treatment for it. 

What’s Good for Acid Reflux or Heartburn?

Your doctor can provide you with advice on how to manage acid reflux and heartburn. Depending on how severe it is, you might need to take an antacid or other medications that are non-prescription. Your doctor might recommend prescription medications for more severe symptoms. Lifestyle changes, such as elevating your head, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding foods and drinks that lead to flareups can also help.

What Relieves Heartburn Fast?

Over-the-counter antacids can provide faster relief for heartburn. However, you might continue to deal with this symptom if you keep having flareups. 

How Do You Know if You Have Heartburn or Acid Reflux?

Heartburn refers to a burning or painful sensation that can occur in your chest, especially when you lie down. While heartburn can occur as a symptom of acid reflux, you might also have other symptoms with this condition. Other symptoms of acid reflux include a sore throat, an upset stomach, nausea, bloating, an acidic taste in your throat and abdominal pain. 

Does Acid Reflux Go Away?

You can manage acid reflux by making some lifestyle changes. This involves avoiding lying down after you eat, wearing looser clothing, avoiding food and drink triggers and chewing food slowly. 

How Do I Stop Acid Reflux at Night?

You should avoid eating close to your bedtime. In fact, you shouldn’t eat within a few hours before going to bed. If you do eat, especially if you have a heavy meal or foods that trigger acid reflux, your symptoms could be worse at night. 

What Can I Eat Before Bed if I Have Acid Reflux?

You should not eat anything at least a few hours before bed. If you do need to eat, avoid common triggers of acid reflux, such as fried foods, fatty foods, chocolate, caffeine, acidic foods, and alcohol. 

What Helps After an Acid Reflux Attack?

After an acid reflux attack, you should avoid lying down, since this can make your symptoms feel worse. You should also stay away from drinks and foods that can trigger additional flareups or worsen your symptoms. Taking an antacid might provide temporary relief. 

What Is Bad Heartburn a Sign Of?

Bad heartburn is a sign of acid reflux. If you have been experiencing severe heartburn or if it occurs often, you should seek treatment for acid reflux disease. This can help ease heartburn and other symptoms. 

If you have acid reflux or heartburn and need help, please contact Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center to make an appointment. 

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