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Heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest, that occurs twice or more a week is the classic symptom of GERD. Nevertheless heartburn can also be caused by something else, not always associated with GERD.
The burning sensation may spread to the throat, followed with chronic irritation in the throat, feeling of a lump in the throat, or sour taste in the mouth. Other GERD symptoms include:
- Dysphagia, difficulty swallowing. Sometimes swelling can be painful.
- Sour liquid, or/and bad breath.
- The acid reflux may also cause dry cough.
- Sometimes the reflux could be painful, causing chest pain.
- Sore throat (hoarseness).
There are a number of factors that can cause and worsen GERD. These include; cigarette smoking, pregnancy, obesity, and certain conditions (such as scleroderma (disorders of connective tissues), dry mouth, and asthma).
Can you drink alcohol with hernia?
In general, the connection between alcohol and hernia is up in the air. Though heavy drinking is associated with a number of health conditions, it is not clear yet whether it has an effect to increase the risk of developing hernia.
Alcohol may have nothing to do with hernia. But heavy drinking can sometimes make hernia-related problems more likely. For example it can aggravate heartburn (GERD), a common problem in people with hiatal hernia.
GERD in people with hiatal hernia is quite common. Normally, hiatus is responsible to prevent acid from backing up into your esophagus by applying pressure to the stomach. With hiatal hernia, this function doesn’t work effectively. As a result, there will be more stomach acid that flows back to the esophagus, making GERD more likely.
Alcohol can relax the valve between your stomach and esophagus, making GERD worse. And though it’s not stored as fat, the excessive amount you drink is bad if you’re trying to lose extra pounds of your weight.
To keep safe, it’s recommended to drink only in moderation. And if you have hiatal hernia, you may need to significantly cut down on your booze intake.
Alcohol is not the only one. The following things can also worsen hernia or make your GERD more likely: