Acid reflux affects 60 million Americans at least once a month and more than 15 million Americans every day. Though you may be able to manage the occasional symptoms of acid reflux with at-home care, if your symptoms occur weekly, you should schedule an appointment with board-certified gastroenterologist Chintamaneni Choudari, MD, at Hagerstown Gastroenterology. Dr. Choudari offers state-of-the-art treatment and care to alleviate your symptoms and reduce your risk of other, more serious health complications. To schedule an appointment, contact the office in Hagerstown, Maryland, by phone or book online today.
Acid reflux, also called gastroesophageal reflux, occurs when the acidic contents from your stomach reflux up into your esophagus, causing a burning sensation. You may experience acid reflux after eating a large meal or drinking alcohol.
Acid reflux is common, especially in older adults and pregnant women.
Heartburn is the telltale symptom of acid reflux. In addition to the burning sensation you feel in your chest, acid reflux symptoms include:
With acid reflux, you may notice your symptoms worsen when you lie down at night.
If you only experience acid reflux on occasion, you may be able to alleviate your symptoms with over-the-counter medication.
However, if you experience acid reflux on a regular basis, at least twice a week, you may have a more serious condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and should schedule an appointment with Dr. Choudari for an evaluation.
Without medical management, your GERD may increase your risk of developing other health conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal strictures, or esophageal cancer.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation from Dr. Choudari at Hagerstown Gastroenterology when you come to the office seeking help for your acid reflux.
During your evaluation, Dr. Choudari reviews your symptoms, as well as your personal and family medical history, and conducts a physical exam.
To better understand the severity of your acid reflux, he may request diagnostic tests such as an endoscopy or an esophageal pH test.
Dr. Choudari develops individualized treatment plans for the management of acid reflux based on the severity of your symptoms.
Initially, he may recommend lifestyle changes to minimize your acid reflux, such as eating smaller meals, not eating too close to bedtime, and avoiding foods that aggravate your reflux (spicy foods, fatty foods, and/or caffeine).
To manage symptoms, Dr. Choudari may recommend medications that reduce stomach acid production to promote tissue healing and medications to improve gastrointestinal motility to help move the acidic contents from your stomach to your small intestines faster.
For expert care of your acid reflux, contact Hagerstown Gastroenterology by phone or book an appointment online today.