KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. Do you often experience increased stomach acid? Don’t panic just yet, this is why your stomach acid levels often suddenly rise.
Gastric acid levels can rise at any time which makes the sufferer feel uncomfortable.
Launching the Cleveland Clinic, when stomach acid rises it can cause stomach pain and a burning sensation in the chest (heartburn).
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In addition, sufferers who suffer from increased stomach acid also feel flatulence, giddiness, nausea, difficulty swallowing, the taste of the food remains stuck in the throat.
Acid reflux disease goes into a chronic stage if it recurs frequently or recurs more than twice per week. This condition is referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease ( GERD).
When stomach acid recurs frequently, the tissue that lines the esophagus can be damaged by exposure to stomach acid fluids. Because some of the tissue is damaged, the impact can affect eating, sleeping, and interfere with the comfort of daily activities.
Acid reflux disease that often recurs can cause chronic inflammation and serious complications. Before this disease progresses to become chronic and is more difficult to treat, first identify what causes stomach acid to rise frequently.
As reviewed by WebMD, the inside of the stomach has a door in the form of a valve. The valve is a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter.
Under normal conditions, this valve can close after food or intake has passed. If the valve does not close completely or opens too often, acid produced by the stomach that should remain in the stomach can go up the esophagus to the mouth.
One of the causes of increased stomach acid is a stomach disorder called a hiatal hernia. This condition causes the upper stomach and lower esophageal sphincter to move above the diaphragm.
The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the abdomen and chest. Usually, the diaphragm helps keep acid in the stomach. For people with hiatal hernias, stomach acid can rise into the esophagus and cause a number of symptoms of the disease.
Apart from gastric disorders, other causes of increased stomach acid can be triggered:
- Often eat too much
- The habit of lying down after eating
- Being overweight or obese
- Snack close to bedtime
- Foods that cause stomach acid to rise, such as intake of spicy, acidic, and fatty foods. Drinking excessive alcohol, soda, coffee, or tea
- Pressure on the stomach during pregnancy
- Certain drug side effects
- Diagnosis of acid reflux disease
You need to consult a doctor if the symptoms of acid reflux recur frequently or occur more than twice a week.
To confirm a diagnosis, the doctor will usually perform a physical examination and tests such as:
- X-ray examination of narrowing of the esophagus
- Examination of the function and movement of the esophagus and lower esophageal sphincter
- Monitoring the acidity in the esophagus
- Endoscopy to see the condition of the esophagus and stomach
- Biopsy to check for possible infection or abnormality
- How to deal with rising stomach acid that often recurs can be by avoiding trigger foods and avoiding overeating.
In addition, sufferers also need to stop smoking, not eat two hours before lying down, maintain ideal body weight, and consult a doctor to get the right type of medication. (Mahardini Nur Afifah)
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