Heartburn happens when stomach acid washes up into the esophagus (food tube), causing burning and pain in the throat and chest. This can be due to a variety of causes, including:
Visit your local pharmacy. There you'll find many non-prescription products to help relieve heartburn, such as:
When trying a non-prescription product, be sure the product is right for you. Always read and follow the label. Check with your pharmacist if you have any questions.
There are also some simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of heartburn (these things are also good for your overall health):
Usually, you can take care of your heartburn at home using products from your local pharmacy. But heartburn symptoms can sometimes signal something more serious. Talk to your doctor if you're over 50 years old, if your heartburn lasts more than 2 weeks, or if you have persistent vomiting; vomiting blood; blood in the stool or black tarry stools (keep in mind that bismuth subsalicylate can darken the stool); difficulty swallowing or painful swallowing; unexplained weight loss or fatigue; or chest pain that moves to the back, neck, jaw, shoulder, or arm.
These tips are intended for adults. If your baby or child has heartburn, get medical advice.
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