Acid Reflux is when your stomach acid travels up into the esophagus. It causes you to taste regurgitated food or sour liquid, and experience a burning sensation in your chest and throat—heartburn.

Acid reflux is a common digestive condition that can progress into a severe form of reflux—GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). While heartburn is the most typical symptom of GERD, other symptoms include:

Regurgitation of food or sour liquid

  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or asthma

These symptoms will be exacerbated while lying down.

Acute acid reflux can typically be treated with lifestyle changes—eating different foods, losing excess weight, and eating less during meals. There are also medications to help ease the symptoms, like antacids. However, if the symptoms persist, you should consult with your gastrointestinal doctor.

If your GERD symptoms worsen, you feel nauseous, have a hard time swallowing, or are vomiting—schedule an appointment with your doctor. GERD can be treated with surgery or other procedures.

Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.