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Acidity - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Acidity is a medical condition which is caused due excess production of acid. This acid is produced by the glands of the stomach. Acidity causes signs such as ulcers in the stomach, gastric inflammation, heartburn and dyspepsia. It is usually caused due to several factors such as irregular eating pattern, lack of physical sports or activities, alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, fad diets and poor eating habits. People are more prone in developing acidity in places where people consume more non vegetarian, spicy and oily food. A lot of medications such as NSAID (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can also make an individual more susceptible in developing gastric acidity. Acidity is characterized by a deep burning sensation after consuming a heavy meal. Indigestion and constipation is also common in people who have acidity. It can be cured by Home Remedies or by consuming antacids and implementing healthy. A technique known as endostism also provides immense relief from acid reflux. Common signs of acidity include indigestion, nausea, sour taste in the mouth, constipation, restlessness and burning sensation in the stomach & throat.

What causes acidity?

Our stomach usually produces gastric acids which help in digestion. The corrosive effects of these acids are balanced by the production of prostaglandins and natural bicarbonate which are secreted in the mucous lining. This damages the stomach lining and causes acidity. Other factors which cause acidity include:

  • Consuming non-vegetarians and spicy foods.
  • Excessive stress.
  • Consuming too much alcohol.
  • Smoking frequently
  • Stomach disorders such as stomach tumors, gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcers.
  • Medications such as NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
  • Treatment for acidity:

    Acidity can be cured by consuming antacids that contain aluminium, calcium or magnesium. Many times, H2 receptor blockers (histamine blocking agents) like nizatidine, famotidine, ranitidine and cimetidine are used. Proton pump inhibitors is also prescribed by the doctor if you have severe acidity. Acidity can also be treated by Home Remedies such as consuming bananas, cold milk, aniseeds, cumin, cardommon, cloves, mint leaves and ginger. You can also prevent acidity by avoiding spicy foods or pickles during meals, eating more vegetables and fruits, not consuming non vegetarian food, avoiding medications such as NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) & steroids and reducing stress.

    Sometimes acidity can also be caused by consuming food just before sleeping. This provokes the stomach enzymes to flow back to your esophagus and cause acid reflux. This can be extremely detrimental for health.

Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test not required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Burning sensation in the stomach Burning sensation in the throat. Belching.

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Dr. Bharti 85% (62 ratings)
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The stomach produces strong hydrochloric acid which plays a major role in the digestive process. This acid is contained within the stomach by the closing of a valve in the lower oesophagus. A higher-than-normal concentration of the acid is quite common and it could be due to various reasons that cause acidity, some common ones being obesity, eating large meals, certain acidic foods like citrus fruits, alcohol, smoking, pregnancy and aerated beverages. The symptoms of acidity include heartburn, a bloated feeling in the stomach, burping, hiccups, nausea and weight loss. An important thing to notice is that acidity is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying disease. Unless there are serious structural issues, most cases of acidity can be managed with dietary and lifestyle changes. Some of the best, yet simple and effective ways to deal with acidity are listed below. Habit of eating smaller, but frequent meals. Eating one large meal is one of the main causes of acidity. Eating smaller frequent meals gives the stomach time to digest the food and also avoid acidity. Avoid eating close to bedtime. When you go to bed with a stomach full of food, you are sure to end up with acidity. A minimum of 3 hours should lapse between the last meal and the bedtime. This gives sufficient time for the stomach to clear the contents. Sleep with the head of the bed slightly elevated. Raising the head of the bed ensures there is no regurgitation of food, thereby preventing acidity. Daytime nappers with acidity issues can try to sleep in a recliner or on a chair to prevent acidity attacks. Manage weight through weight loss measures including diet and exercise. Obesity is one of the main reasons for acidity, and managing weight can help control acidity. Smoking is a major cause of acidity. The negative pressure created during smoking helps regurgitation of acid, causing heartburn. Quitting smoking can help relieve long-term acidity symptoms. Alcohol is another substance that aggravates acidity, and reducing or quitting can help in relieving acidity. Baking soda, aloe juice, banana, chewing gum, mustard, almonds, and chamomile are some natural remedies to relieve acidity. Most people have certain foods which are the triggers for acidity. Identifying these and avoiding these can also be a good way to manage acidity. Acidity is a major concern during pregnancy. The bloated feeling is worsened by the acidity and the developing baby. Clothes which have tight belts or are tight around the waist can be another reason for acidity. While acidity is a common issue, it also is something that can be easily managed. Try the above measures and see your heartburn reduce.
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I'm having too much gas in stomach and acid reflux till the chest resulting in sneezing. I just noticed mucus in the stools which was bright yellow in colour and I can see undigested food. I don't know what was the problem. Ibs, bacterial infection. Someone help me out. Currently I'm using levipride 25 mg and esomeprazole 40 mg on suggestion of gastroenterologist.

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Continue medication with Dietary changes like 1) avoid spicy, oily, fried foods, junk food. 2) avoid late night heavy dinner. Try to maintain gap of 3-4 hrs between dinner and sleep 3) minimise tea/coffee intake and avoid tea/coffee at night 4) combine dietary changes with prescribed medication. If it doesn't work consult gastroenterologist.

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You have to improve your food habits do 1. Take 2/ 3 glass of warm water in the morning before brush 2. Take more water in day 3. Take meals at fixed hrs, chew food properly/ completely, no eating quickly 4. Take small amount of food at a time, take more frequent meals - may be five times a day. 5. No spicy/ fried/ fast/ junk/processed food. 6. No smoking, chewing gum, and carbonated beverages. 6. No milk for few days, can take curd, no uncooked salad 7. Avoid constipation 8. Use nibu pani (lemon water) 2/ 3 times a day 9. Do not drink/ store water in plastic bottles. 10.relax and walk for 30 mts daily 11. Take enough rest- do not lie down immediately after eating. Take dinner 3 hrs before sleeping. No late nights 11. Keep your weight under control. 13. Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol 15. Reduce physical and mental stress. Maintain healthy life style. Do exercise regularly. 16. No unnecessary medicines medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck.
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