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Acidity Symptoms and Treatment

Acidity Symptoms and Treatment

Suffering from severe stomach acidity problems, or wondering whether what you have is acidity or not? Here are some acidity symptoms and treatment options, which may come in handy.
Ratnashri Dutta
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Acidity is said to have occurred when a person suffers from heartburn, and also when formation of gas takes place in his/her stomach. It is a common problem which many suffer from, and occurs mainly due to excess secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The hydrochloric acid helps in the digestion of food, but when released in excess, it starts affecting the inner lining of the stomach. This causes an acidic stomach. If not treated on time, the person might suffer from severe indigestion, gout, arthritis, and formation of ulcers either in the mouth or on inner walls of the stomach. When acidity takes place, the gastric juices move from the stomach to the lower esophagus or the food pipe, in turn making it dysfunctional.
It's important that one knows about the various factors leading to this problem. Here are some of the common causes, listed in brief.
  • Consumption of food containing excess fat
  • Excessive consumption of caffeine
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol, and smoking
  • Staying on empty stomach for a very long time
  • Pregnancy, obesity, and old age
  • Too much of junk food, and following an unhealthy diet
Now that we have seen some of the causes for acidity, let us now see what are the various symptoms of it.
There are several symptoms of acidity, which occur when there is an imbalance in the acid level in the stomach. Given below are some of the main stomach acidity symptoms.
  • During a heartburn, the person experiences a burning pain in the chest, just behind the sternum. This occurs mainly during the night while the person is lying down.
  • Ulcer formation is seen in the mouth as well as in the esophagus tube. Ulcers in the mouth often make it difficult for the person to speak properly.
  • Appetite becomes poor.
  • A severe or minor burning in the upper part of the stomach is experienced. This is called dyspepsia.
  • The person suffering from acidity might also show signs of constipation.
  • Nauseating feeling may also be followed by vomiting.
  • Mouth tastes bitter.
  • Respiratory problems are accompanied by frequent coughing.
  • Muscular contractions result in pain.
  • The person also experiences pain as well as inflammation in the chest.
  • Gastro-esophageal acid reflux is another outcome.
  • Ear aches are minor symptoms.
  • Flatulence is considered one of the main indicators.

Treatment Options

If you show any of the above symptoms, mainly a burning sensation in the chest, or pain in the upper abdomen, you should visit a doctor immediately before the matter gets out of hand. There are several stomach acidity cures available in the market as well as in your home. Let us take a look at the various home remedies, as natural remedies are always better than the drugs and antacids that you get in the market.
Home Remedies
Just take a look around your kitchen, and you will get several products which can be used as natural cures for acidity.
  • Bananas and pineapple juice are good for getting rid of heartburn and acid indigestion.
  • Coconut water, yogurt, and cucumbers are also good for treating this condition.
  • Consumption of basil leaves also helps.
  • Taking two teaspoons of honey along with natural cider vinegar, just before meal, helps treating an acidic stomach.
  • Mont juice or oil are some of the best homemade remedies.
  • Jaggery dissolved in a glass of cold milk gives instant relief from acidity.
  • Proper exercises, daily walks, and following a healthy diet are factors which prevent this condition altogether.
There are several antacids that you can get in the market. However, ask your doctor before taking any of these medicines. There are some surgeries that are carried out in order to control the excess secretion of stomach acid. Such a surgery is called Vagatomy. The important part of the entire treatment process is to prevent doing or consuming the things which often lead to excess accumulation of acid. If you show any of the symptoms mentioned above, visit the doctor immediately.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and not intended to replace the advice offered by a medical expert.