When you're experiencing a symptom of acid reflux, it's likely that you're not alone. That's why a community like the one found on HealthCentral can help you, and fellow refluxers, find solace and guidance in similar symptoms. What's more - patient experts and medical professionals are also on hand to weigh-in on the discussion.
So, when I had a horrible bad taste in my mouth that wouldn't subside—regardless of how much water I drank or what types of food I ate—I took to HealthCentral to get feedback from the acid reflux community!
What the experts say
As I suspected, the experts on HealthCentral confirmed that a constant bad taste in your mouth is in fact a symptom of acid reflux. Jen Gambino, Health Guide, says that while it may not be able to be completely avoided, there are treatments to rid your mouth of the horrible taste. Acid and stomach contents coming up the esophagus and into the mouth may be called silent reflux, backwashing or regurgitation.
Typical treatments will consist of medication that reduces acid, as well as eating small meals, eating more frequently, avoiding movement or exercise after meals and limiting the intake of trigger foods. Try eliminating carbonated beverages and/or caffeine, as they allow the lower esophageal sphincter to open and let acid escape. Take note of when the bad taste is occuring—is it happening after dinner, at night, first thing in the morning, etc.? Then discuss these occurances with your doctor and see if it's time to adjust your treatment plan for acid suppression.
What worked for you
Many of you experienced woes with this bad, metal, acidic taste as well, and you shared your over-the-counter remedies—thank you! In an effort to pay it forwardm, here are some of the successful at-home treatments that worked for other community members. *Please know that community members may not be medical professionals and any advice below should be taken at your own discretion.
- Hydrate. Drink a glass of water to rid the taste in your mouth and rehydrate your body.
- Dental hygiene is important. Do a thorough cleaning with dental floss, brushing your teeth and tongue, and swishing with mouthwash. This may help to strip the bad taste altogether!
- Turn to your nedi pot. Nedi pots, which can be found at your local drugstore, can help clear your nasal passageway and eliminate the bad taste.
- Peppermint peroxide. Rinse and gargle your mouth with diluted 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Depending on the condition and sensitivity of your gums, use 1 part HP with 1 part water for people with healthy gums/mouth and for those with sensitivity/gum issues. If it tastes weird, add a drop of peppermint.
- Apple cider vinegar water. Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it down!
- Milk—it does a body good. 1-2 glasses of cold milk work better than plain water or apple cider vinegar water for some.
- Nix the caffeine. Eliminating coffee from your daily routine for a few days could solve the bad taste problem. Give it a try and if it improves, you know coffee is the trigger to avoid!
- Nip it in the bud with Pepto. Taking a dose of over-the-counter Pepto Bismal when you feel the bad taste coming on could eliminate the taste before it even starts!
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