Have you ever had a bit too much to eat at Christmas dinner and felt a burning pain in your chest? If you have, it is likely you have experienced heartburn before. With the silly season upon us and many of the usual heartburn triggers heading our way, we thought it was time to have a chat!
Normally when you eat food, there are muscles at the bottom of your oesophagus that relax to let the food in, and then tighten to keep your powerful stomach acid from escaping.
Sometimes the muscles aren’t always operating at their best, and certain triggers can lead to your stomach acid rising up from your belly and into your oesophagus, which causes the burning sensation!
Common triggers for heartburn include:
Some people experience heartburn no matter what they eat, but there are other things that also increase your risk. Being stressed, overweight or pregnant, taking certain medications, or exercising too soon after eating can all lead to possibly feeling the burn!
If you experience heartburn more than twice a week it may be a sign of an underlying health condition. Consulting with your Doctor as soon as possible will be your best course of action.
If you find yourself suffering from frequent heartburn, help is available. Nexium 24hr is a once a day, 24-hour treatment for the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux. It can be taken with or without food, and helps to treat heartburn symptoms by reducing the amount of acid produced by your stomach. If you think Nexium 24hr might be right for you, have a chat to your Pharmacist today!
Don’t forget, If you experience a chest pain and you are not sure whether it is heartburn or a heart attack, call an ambulance immediately by dialling triple zero (000).
Come in and see your friendly phamacist at Emslies Floreat Pharmacy, and we can help you stop heartburn before it starts!