Dr. Todd Eisner answers some questions readers have posted in the last few weeks. Find new information on natural remedies for heartburn, common reactions to GERD drugs and what coughing up blood could really mean.
1. Hi, I'm 25 years old & have recently been diagnosed with acid reflux . I've been put on omeprazole , which in my opinion has done nothing to help my symptoms , which are a tightness in my throat, pressure like swallowing a lump. Also in the past week I've begun to have severe pain in my abdomen right below the breast bone. Now the newest problem is a phlegmy cough I can't seem to get rid of. Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong?
Acid reflux can be very difficult to treat and can cause many symptoms outside of the esophagus such as cough and throat pain, but the first thing you need to do is make sure that you have the correct diagnosis. The fact that you no longer have heartburn while taking omeprazole is a good indication that the heartburn was actual...
If you are a sufferer of heartburn and are looking for heartburn relief that really works instead of having to depend on medicated treatments prescribed by the doctor, there are ten tips that you can utilise in your lifestyle to make the world of difference.
1. Reducing the amount of acidic foods and drinks can play a massive part in heartburn relief. These include certain fruits such as grapefruit, apples and oranges and the fruits that can come from them.
2. Greasy foods such as hamburgers, fast food and other fatty meats can actually trigger heartburn so try to avoid these as best that you can.
3. Fizzy drinks, coffee and tea and other caffeinated products can trigger heartburn so by reducing the amount of these that you drink or eliminating them completely from your diet. This can be one of the most helpful all of the heartburn relief suggestions, especially the fizzy drinks.
4. Eating too quickly can be one of the fastest things to bring about heartbur...
The single best strategy for allergy symptom relief is to avoid your allergy triggers, things like dust mites, pollen, animal dander and molds. That works better than any medicine experts can dream up.
But it is also one of the hardest things to do for your allergies, because we can never really get rid of our environmental triggers totally. Still, any efforts you CAN make in that direction will definitely benefit you. So, it's worth doing.
Here are five things you can remove from your environment right away to help with allergy relief:
1. Carpeting. Dust mites , one of the most common allergy triggers, love carpets, even throw rugs. They burrow down in the fibers and it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of them, even with vacuuming. So, people with allergies will benefit immensely from removal of carpets in favor of wood, laminate or tile flooring. If you must use throw rugs for warmth, buy machine washable ones and wash them weekly in hot ...
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