FROM OUR EXPERTS
Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria found in the lining of the stomach wall. It is a fairly common bacteria, present in about 30% of the United States population, and about 66% of the population worldwide. Most patients, probably about 70%, don't have any symptoms. In others, the bacterium can cause gastritis and peptic ulcers and sometimes can cause stomach cancer later in life. The bacterium's presence is felt to be the result of poor sanitary conditions, and for that reason, it is very common in children in Third World countries.In the United States, infection is not as widespread, probably due to higher hygiene standards and the large use of antibiotics It is more common in older people and the poor. H. Pylori Is Always TreatedWhen Helicobacter pylori does cause symptoms, it is usually the result of gastritis, gastric ulcers or duodenal ulcers. It has been estimated that over 90% of duodenal ulcers in the United States are caused by Helicobacter pylori. Both gastr...
While diet has not been shown to cause acid reflux it can definitely help to lessen the symptoms for those suffering with the disease. There are several foods that have been shown to trigger acid reflux. Those include: alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, citrus foods, fatty or fried foods, tomato based foods, spicy foods and mint or mint flavored foods. These foods do not elicit symptoms for everyone suffering from acid reflux but they are a good jumping off point for determining what might be triggering your own symptoms.
If your acid reflux disease also comes with painful bloating it may be wise to limit gas causing foods. Some common gas producing foods include: cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips and kale), beans, lentils and carbonated beverages. When your symptoms calm you can try adding some of these foods into your diet plan gradually.
It is also important that people suffering from acid reflux include an adequa...
I have been
experiencing a lot of acid reflux of late. I think it might have something
to do with the fact that I've been smoking more lately. Is this true?
There are many reasons to not smoke, and one of the reasons is that it can
definitely cause or worsen symptoms of esophageal reflux disease. First
off, tobacco inhibits saliva, which is a significant buffer that the body
has against acid. Secondly, studies have shown that tobacco can stimulate
the production of stomach acid production. Lastly, and most significantly,
tobacco causes a relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter muscle,
thereby allowing acid reflux from the stomach to the esophagus to occur.
I wake up
every morning coughing. I have been to my internal medicine doctor, an ear
nose and throat doctor and pulmonologist and have not gotten better. A
friend told me that they had a cough that was related to reflux. How can I
tell if that is the ca...
You should know
Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.