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Heartburn: pain in the oesophagus

Heartburn usually occurs when there is a problem at the point where the oesophagus and stomach meet, and stomach acid can rise into the oesophagus. There, it irritates the mucous membrane, causing the classic burning sensation.

What factors may trigger heartburn?

  • Alcohol/coffee consumption
  • Smoking
  • High-fat meals and large quantities of food
  • Certain foods such as peppermint, garlic, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes
  • Various medications
  • Pregnancy

What can I do to treat heartburn?

A significant improvement can be achieved by avoiding high-fat and acidic foods, alcohol and smoking. Stress reduction and a regular daily routine with plenty of sleep also has a positive effect. Use an extra pillow when you sleep to raise your head and make it harder for stomach acid to rise at night.

If this does not alleviate the symptoms, they can be treated with medication. Ask your family doctor.

Michel Wenger

Thank you to Dr Michel Wenger, Medical Director of the Basel Centramed Basel Aeschen Practice, for these top health tips.

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