Acid Reflux - St. Augustine, Palm Coast & Palatka

Acid reflux disease is caused by anatomic changes in the body's natural anti-reflux valve. When you swallow, the valve between the esophagus and the top of the stomach opens to receive food. Once this occurs, the flap closes to prevent a reverse flow and keeps food from refluxing into the esophagus. Injury to the abdomen or esophagus, aging and certain lifestyle issues, such as obesity, are common contributors acid reflux disorders.

Most suffers associate acid reflux with the uncomfortable sensation of heartburn. Nowadays, throat doctors look for conditions such as chronic sore throat, hoarseness, bad breath or throat cancer. Our throat surgeon may perform specialized testing to measure the amount of acid produced in the stomach as well as use a special probe to determine if stomach acid is actually refluxing into the throat. Newer, stronger medications offer effective alternatives to acid reflux surgery.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux disease (also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease) but you may also experience:

  • chronic throat clearing
  • bloating or regurgitation
  • difficulty swallowing
  • intermittently hoarse voice
  • wake up coughing
  • heartburn or acid stomach
  • burning or sore throat
  • sensation of something stuck in throat
  • dental erosion or gum disease
  • recurring sinus infections

If you have heartburn more than twice a week, call us at 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt email response.

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