What is heartburn?

Heartburn is a digestive issue that brings a burning sensation into the chest caused by stomach acid refluxing into the oesophagus. This unsettling sensation often stems from lifestyle choices, dietary habits, or underlying health conditions. Heartburn is normally a symptom of a larger issue or trigger, so identifying these triggers is the key to finding effective solutions.

At HelloGP, our team of Australian-registered doctors is dedicated to helping you find relief from heartburn’s symptoms. In your telehealth consultation, our doctors will delve into your daily routines, dietary patterns, and potential triggers, curating a personalised roadmap to easing the discomfort of heartburn.

Frequently Asked Questions

Heartburn symptoms include a burning sensation in the chest, a sour taste in the mouth, regurgitation of stomach acid, and discomfort or pain after eating, especially when lying down.

If heartburn occurs frequently (more than twice a week), persists for a long time, or doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare provider. Chronic heartburn could be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Lifestyle changes can alleviate heartburn. These include maintaining a healthy weight, eating smaller meals, avoiding trigger foods (e.g., spicy or acidic foods), not lying down immediately after eating, and quitting smoking.

Treatments for heartburn range from over-the-counter antacids and prescription medications to surgical interventions in severe cases.

Your HelloGP doctor can recommend the most suitable treatment based on your specific circumstances and medical history.

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