Are you looking for ways to alleviate your heartburn symptoms?
There is nothing worse than dealing with a bout of heartburn after dinnertime. If you find this problem rearing its ugly head rather frequently these days, you may be wondering what’s changed that could be making your symptoms worse. While our San Diego, CA, gastroenterologists can certainly provide you with effective treatment, if your symptoms have just started then you may be looking for ways to try and tackle the problem yourself first.
Here are some lifestyle changes and home remedies that you can try to help reduce your heartburn symptoms,
- Don’t wear tight clothes or belts around your stomach, especially when eating
- Do not lie down immediately after eating
- Avoid eating 2-3 hours before going to bed
- Don’t participate in intense activity or exercise after eating
- Eat smaller and more frequent meals rather than eating large meals
- Sleep with your head slightly elevated
- Avoid alcohol and coffee
- Stay away from spicy, fatty and acidic foods
- Quit smoking
- Lose excess weight and maintain a healthy BMI
You may want to see if these home remedies fix your heartburn. If your symptoms are mild then these changes should help; however, you may also need to try an over-the-counter antacid from time to time. However, if you find yourself relying on antacids all the time or if you experience heartburn at least 2-3 times a week then it’s time to talk with our San Diego, CA, doctors about your heartburn symptoms.
Your doctor can prescribe a stronger medication that can effectively manage your symptoms safely for a longer period of time than over-the-counter medications. Plus, a doctor can also help you avoid complications associated with heartburn such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
If you are dealing with heartburn more often than not these days, it’s a good idea to see one of our doctors here in San Diego to find out what’s going on. While our office is currently closed due to Covid-19, our medical team is still offering telehealth visits. This means that you can have a virtual appointment with one of our doctors to get the care and treatment you need. To schedule a telehealth visit call San Diego Gastroenterology at (619) 291-6064.