Heartburn - Measures for Self-Care
Pain or a burning in the chest after eating and/or after bending over or lying down. Also, belching and a burning feeling in the throat.
Measures for Self-Care
- Sit straight while eating. Sit up, stand up or walk after you have eaten. Don't lie down!
- If heartburn bothers you at night, raise the head of the bed by 6 inches.
- Shed some kilos if are overweight.
- Don't wear tight-fitting clothes.
- Eat small quantities. Limit your intake of alcohol.
- Limit the consumption of foods and beverages that contain gas, such as potatoes and such as soft drinks.
- Don't eat or drink anything two to three hours before bedtime.
- Antacids, such as Tums, can help relieve heartburn.
- Don't smoke at all.
- If you have to take medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or medicines for arthritis, take them along with food.
Call your doctor for
- Stools that are tar-like and black in colours.
- Pain that goes through to your back or gripping pain in the upper abdomen.
- Difficulty in swallowing.
- Heartburn that occurs frequently.
Get Immediate Care for
- Heartburn accompanied by a tightness or pain in the chest which spreads to the neck, jaw, or arm; a feeling of discomfort in the chest with sweating or shortness of breath, nausea and/or vomiting or uneven pulse or heartbeart.
- Heartburn leading to vomiting blood or what looks like coffee grounds.