Heartburn is a symptom caused by acid reflux. It it happens often, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). You experience a burning feeling in the lower chest. Sometimes, you will feel a sour or bitter taste in the throat and mouth.
Usually it related to something you ate. If you are lucky, it will go away in a few minutes. If not, it can go on for hours. The problem is that it is NOT gone for good. It can recur when you are under stress or eat the wrong food.
There are other symptoms besides chest pain and regurgitation. For example, choking, hoarseness, sore throat, stomach pain, cough and difficulty in swallowing.
Chronic acid reflux is a major problem as the total well being and productivity is reduced. It can progress to Barrett's esophagus which may develop into cancer. The contemporary medication today offers a variety of options to relieve heartburn.
The most frequently used drug for heartburn is antacids. They have acid reducing substances such as aluminum salts, magnesium, sodium bicarbonate or calcium carbonate that neutralize the acid in the stomach.
Although some drugs can help fix acid reflux, but you can develop dependence and could encounter unwanted effects in the future. If your acid reflux rarely appears, there is no need for them. Natural remedies can help but it does take time to determine one that is effective. However, in the long term, they are risk-free.