Acid reflux


If you're experiencing a burning sensation down your throat, it could be down to acid reflux - we can help

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What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a common condition, that can affecting almost everyone from time to time. It can vary in severity and frequency, and if you regularly suffer with this condition it may be worth a specialist taking a closer look.

Reflux happens when acid in your stomach rises up your oesophagus. This can lead to a burning sensation behind your breast bone called acid indigestion or heartburn.

Acid reflux is normally brought on (and made worse) by consuming certain foods and fluids, like coffee, alcohol, chocolate and spicy and fatty foods. It can also be caused by being overweight, pregnancy, smoking and stress.

Need to know

Some common symptoms of acid reflux include:

  • heartburn (a burning sensation behind your breast bone)
  • regurgitation (a feeling of liquid moving up to your mouth)
  • an unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • a hoarse voice
  • coughing
  • bloating

If your acid reflux isn't going away, it may be a sign of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). The symptoms of GORD tend to be more frequent and severe than normal acid reflux.

Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. They'll normally be able to make a diagnosis based on this discussion. If you've been experiencing persistent acid reflux, they may also carry out other tests at a later date to rule out GORD and other conditions.

These tests might include:

  • a gastroscopy to look into your throat and/or stomach using a telescope and camera
  • a barium swallow test to spot issues in your throat and/or stomach
  • a 24-hour tube test to measure the amount of acidity in your stomach

Your GP or consultant will discuss your treatment options with you.

Depending on the nature of your symptoms and any test results, these could range from over-the-counter medicines to stronger drugs.

Quite often, your symptoms will clear up on their own over time by making simple dietary or lifestyle changes.

Our Acid reflux locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.