Heartburn is a burning feeling in your chest just below or behind the breastbone. Heartburn can occur when the acid that is normally in your stomach backs up into the esophagus (the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach). Some people have heartburn symptoms occasionally, while other people have heartburn after every meal. The condition can be caused by overeating, eating spicy, fatty, or citrus foods, smoking, or drinking alcohol. Regular use of certain medications, like aspirin or ibuprofen, can also cause heartburn symptoms.
If you get heartburn symptoms more than twice a week you may have acid reflux. Acid reflux is also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Other signs of acid reflux include burning in the throat or an acid taste in the back of the throat or stomach or chest pain. Some people may experience stomach or chest pain, trouble swallowing, raspy voice, or chronic cough.
Acid reflux is often treated by over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes. Patients may visit a Take Care Healthcare Clinic if heartburn symptoms do not go away after taking medicine or occur more than twice a week. Our nurse practitioners and physician assistants can assess your symptoms and make recommendations for lifestyle changes or prescribe a medication that may work better for you than an over-the-counter product. More severe cases may require you to see your primary care provider or a specialist called a gastroenterologist.
This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 years and older.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
1 Prescriptions written when clinically appropriate. Patients have a choice of pharmacy.
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