How to Treat GERD
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD, can be something very uncomfortable to live with. In cases of GERD, you may experience frequent acid reflux, heartburn, coughing, regurgitation of food, and chest pain on a regular basis. Living with these symptoms can be challenging and painful, but here are some ways to treat GERD at home. Antacids can initially be helpful. These medications like TUMS can help with the discomfort of acid reflux and/or heartburn. One medication called Zantac (Ranitidine) is a type of H2 blocker that has been removed by FDA and I would avoid these types of medications for now. Antacids like TUMS help with immediate relief and can often times fully relieve the pain and discomfort from GERD. If you have a more severe case of GERD, it may be recommended to get a prescription medication in order to prevent permanent damage to the esophagus.
You can read below about Ranitidine. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/questions-and-answers-ndma-impurities-ranitidine-commonly-known-zantac
Watch your diet – You are what you eat!
Another way to treat GERD is knowing what foods to avoid. Acid reflux and heartburn can be a result purely from the foods you eat, so someone with GERD should especially stay away from foods and drinks like these. Trying to pinpoint the foods that cause symptoms can be difficult but Dr. Lotsu can provide a safe proven plan that works!
Cutting down your meal portions can also be a way to treat GERD and GERD-like symptoms. When you eat smaller meals, less pressure is applied to the stomach. When there’s more pressure on the stomach, backflow of stomach acids start to arise, resulting in acid reflux and heartburn. With smaller meals, you prevent those symptoms from happening. It is also recommended to avoid lying down directly after eating because it may result in heartburn as well.
GERD can be uncomfortable to live with and may cause you to change certain things about your life. By utilizing the tools above, you can significantly decrease the effects of GERD and the impact it has on your life. If you are looking to see a specialist, see Dr. Lotsu in Chicago IL. His office is located in the West Loop at 840-842 West Adams St. Chicago IL 60607. Street parking is available near Mariano’s and paid parking is available near Walgreens on Halsted & Adams. Can’t make it in? Schedule a Telehealth consultation by following this link below.
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