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Causes for heartburn and acidity - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Left side of chest in the pec that has a burning sensation that has been going on all day. would feel better if I drink a cold glass of water for a little while
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   ok
Doctor :   May i ask you a few questions pertaining to your problem ?
User :   you bet
Doctor :   May I know your age please ?
User :   22
Doctor :   May I know if you have a previous history of gastritis, heart burn or acidity ?
User :   not that I know of, figured it was heartburn at one point but just dealt with it. Tried taking some baking soda and water but that did not work
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   I do not suspect anything else like a heart problem or anything else as you are just 22.And did you find relief after taking cold water or milk ?
User :   yeah
User :   figured as much
User :   what could remedy my situation?
Doctor :   I shall prescribe you an OTC Medication for symptomatic relief.
User :   k
Doctor :   1.PEPCID AC is the best , i advise you take it on SOS basis.
Doctor :   Please take it half an hour before the regular time you feel like having a heart burn.
User :   alrighty. not sure what triggered this though. what would anyways? only thing i could think of is Mcdonalds that i had lastnight for supper
Doctor :   Yes , it can be the reason.
Doctor :   As you might be knowing that heart burn or acidity is caused by two factors : Doctor :   1. Poor esophageal sphincter function
Doctor :   2. Aggravated acid content in stomach or for long time acid levels in stomach
Doctor :   caused by
User :   Well an antiacid like backing soda which is more of a base should help should it not?
Doctor :   1. Oily diet
User :   well that answers that question haah
Doctor :   It can help. but if the dosage varies , it can go the other way round and can cause problems due to basic pH.
Doctor :   1. Oily diet , 2. Excess caffeine
Doctor :   3. Aerated drinks
Doctor :   4. Smoking
Doctor :   4. Too many choclates
Doctor :   5. Too much tomatoes
Doctor :   6. Food with added preservatives and citric acid
Doctor :   all can cause heart burn.
User :   kk
Doctor :   fruits, fresh veggies, juices and lots of water and honey can releive you from symptoms.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Gala apple is one fruit which relieves the heart burn in 5 min.
Doctor :   Can I help you with anything else ?
User :   alright thanks
User :   no that is all
User :   thanks
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor :   Take care
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