Gastro- esophageal Reflux Disease

GERD Advice

Gastro Esophageal reflux disease  (GERD) is a condition where acid water from the stomach moves up the gullet (Oesophagus) and causes corrosion and irritation in the lower chest or throat.

While many people can develop this condition because of being overweight, often it flares up after a respiratory infection. Repeated coughing increases the pressure in the stomach, which then increases the upward flow of acid from the stomach to the oesophagus (food pipe/gullet). GERD refers to the the pain and burning that is felt in the lower chest. Laryngo-pharyngeal Reflux disease (LPRD) refers to the chronic throat irritation that prolongs the cough and delays the recovery form the cold. There are a few lifestyle changes that can be of great help to sufferers of this troublesome condition. The following are my suggestions:

1. To take small frequent meals rather than large ones.

2. To avoid heavy spicy dinners.

3. To avoid lying down within 2-3 hrs of a meal.

4. To avoid taking excessive fluids or water with meals.

5. To avoid taking liquids after 7PM. If you must, take a spoonful of water and gargle your mouth and throat. You will feel less thirsty once your mouth is moistened.

6. Avoid alcohol and fast food (oily/fatty food) consumption at night. (Alcohol and fatty food delay gastric emptying and predispose to reflux)

7. Elevate Head-end of the bed/cot at night or while lying down to sleep.

8. Take a Antacid/Prokinetic at 5PM in the evening.

9. Gargle and swallow an Antacid syrup at night just before sleep. It coats the throat and stops the acid from contact with the throat.

10. Take a Digestive supplement. This hastens digestion and the emptying of the stomach.

11. If overweight, make a serious and concerted attempt to reduce weight. Weight loss would really help in reducing symptoms.

Contact your doctor for a prescription.

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