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Reflux - what is it and what can sufferers do?

How is reflux noticeable?

Regurgitation - this is the term used when chyme flows from the stomach back into the oral cavity. This is mostly due to the sphincter betweenesophagus and stomach, which usually prevents this from happening. The aggressive components of gastric juice can irritate the esophagus and trigger a range of symptoms known as reflux.

Reflux symptoms: how do the symptoms feel and when do they arise?

This is one of the most common reflux symptomsheartburn. Those affected describe their symptoms differently: One actually perceives it as a burning sensation along the esophagus, another feels a feeling of pressure or heat there that extends from the upper abdomen over the sternum to the neck.

Especially after eating, acidic stomach contents can reflux. Because the stomach not only absorbs food when you eat, but also air. It stretches and the sphincter slackens for a short time so that the stomach has a chance to get rid of excess air by belching. The reflux symptoms do not have to occur depending on the food intake. You can also be spontaneous, during the day andat night demonstrate.

All reflux symptoms at a glance

In addition to the main symptoms of heartburn, acidEructation and sternum pain can be accompanied by a number of other acid-related symptoms. This also includes those reflux symptoms that are not immediately associated with the stomach or esophagus, such as

//Frequent throat clearing

//to cough

//Voice disorders such as hoarseness

//Foreign body feelings "feeling of a lump in the throat"

//difficulties swallowing

//Burning tongue

//Asthma and other breathing problems

Causes of Reflux: Who Does It Affect?

Almost everyone will come across reflux at some point in their life. After celebrations with lavish, high-fat food, it is also possible in otherwise healthy people that stomach contents flow back into the esophagus. Reflux is also common in late pregnancy, just as it is in older people. However, the diagnosis “gastroesophageal reflux disease” is not always present. This is defined as a condition in which gastric reflux causes bothersome symptoms and / or complications.
The causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease are diverse and usually a combination of different factors. Examples are:

//Spontaneous relaxation of the sphincter muscle in the transition from the esophagus to the stomach, not accompanied by an act of swallowing

//Impaired motor function of the esophagus


//Increased intra-abdominal pressure (e.g. during pregnancy, with chronic constipation)

//Disturbed gastric emptying

//Diaphragmatic hernia (parts of the stomach protrude through the diaphragm into the chest cavity, frequency increases with age and with overweight)

For example, the symptoms can usually be influenced by one's own diet. For example, individually incompatible foods and drinks (e.g. citrus fruits, fatty foods, peppermint), particularly large meals and late meals can worsen the symptoms.

Stomach acid rises: is it a gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Reflux disease is abbreviated in medical jargon as GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease). This is defined as a condition in which gastric reflux causes bothersome symptoms and / or complications.

There are two other names that indicate whether the lining of the esophagus is damaged or not due to gastric acid reflux. This can be done with the help of a mirroring of theesophagus determine. With ERD (Erosive Reflux Disease), those affected have damaged esophageal mucosa, while NERD (Non-Erosive Reflux Disease) shows no structural changes.

The perception of pain symptoms in reflux disease is very individual and is not necessarily related to the extent of damage to the esophagus. Anyone who feels severe pain does not necessarily have to go to oneInflammation of the esophagus Suffer. Conversely, even weak reflux symptoms can conceal advanced damage / inflammation.

Reflux Symptoms - When to See a Doctor?

The frequency and duration of the symptomatic symptoms as well as their subjectively perceived intensity determine the extent of the disease from the patient's point of view and thus the need for treatment. Mild heartburn once or twice a week is tolerated by most people without special treatment measures or can be prevented, for example, by avoiding certain foods and stimulants that encourage the occurrence of the symptoms. On the other hand, more frequent and / or stronger complaints are usually associated with a reduced quality of life and require therapy and further diagnostic clarification.

If you have not already done so, please be sure to discuss your symptoms with your doctor or pharmacist.

Treatment of reflux symptoms such as heartburn and also acid-related stomach problems: medication and other measures

In the treatment of heartburn andacid-related stomach problems there are various medications to choose from. You can also get relief with a healthy lifestyle and some behavioral tips, which of course should always be the first step. If this is not enough, however, there are various over-the-counter medicines available from the pharmacy. Get advice from the pharmacy as to which medicines are suitable for you and whether you should discuss your symptoms with a doctor beforehand.

Heartburn treatment for reflux: Talcid®

For occasional complaints, such as those that can occur after eating too lavish or high-fat food, antacids such asTalcid®to treat heartburn. Talcid® neutralizes the excess acid in the stomach and counteracts heartburn quickly, safely and effectively.

If the symptoms occur more frequently or if the heartburn is more severe, other medications such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are an alternative. They block an enzyme in the lining of the stomach, which reduces acid secretion. Since the effect of PPIs is delayed, they are only suitable to a limited extent for acute complaints. An antacid, on the other hand, can provide a faster effect. Talcid® works very quickly and heartburn subsides quickly.