Acid reflux

Stomach acid backs up in the oesphagus irritating the tissue in the throat

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

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

  • What are the symptoms of acid reflux? icon plus

    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.

  • How is reflux diagnosed? icon plus

    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
  • Potential treatment options for acid reflux icon plus

    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 gastroenterologists

Across our HCA UK network our gastroenterologists can investigate and diagnostic conditions affecting the stomach and gastric system. Our consultants are leading specialists in the field of gastroenterology, and will guide you throughout any tests or scans.

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From complex stomach surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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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.
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