Since gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic disorder, treatment is focused on managing the symptoms of the disease rather than curing it completely.
Certain lifestyle changes can help manage GERD symptoms, such as:
Avoiding medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen as these can irritate the oesophagus.
Taking all medicines with plenty of water to avoid heartburn.
Wearing comfortable clothes makes you less likely to get heartburn.
Avoiding exercising right after a meal, waiting at least two hours after eating to work out.
Not going to bed with a full stomach.
Having smaller meals.
Elevating the upper body at night.
Avoiding foods that trigger heartburn, such as onions, caffeinated drinks, citrus fruits and juices.
Quitting smoking as certain ingredients in cigarettes can weaken the oesophageal sphincter muscle.
Besides these, your doctor will also prescribe medications to help provide relief from your symptoms. Examples of treatment plans your doctor may advice include:
Antacids to neutralize stomach acids.
Medications to heal the oesophageal lining and stop acid production.
Medications to strengthen the lower oesophageal sphincter muscles.
In case you do not respond to medications and lifestyle changes, your doctor may recommend an anti-reflux surgery. This will help improve the symptoms, though you may still have to continue taking medications.
Our team of internationally accredited ENT specialists at The Aga Khan University Hospital is specially trained in diagnosing and treating ear, nose and throat disorders. You can discuss your treatment options in detail as well as any other queries or concerns you may have about this disorder.