- Make changes in your diet. Fatty foods, chocolate, caffeine, spicy foods, and peppermint can aggravate reflux.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, and tobacco.
- Lose weight. Being overweight increases your risk for reflux.
- Sleep with the head of the bed elevated. Sleeping with your head raised may help prevent the acid in your stomach from flowing up into the oesophagus.
- Don not lie down for 3 hours after eating.
- Take all medicines with plenty of water.
- Diagnosis and treatment of GERD may prevent Barretts oesophagus.
- Vomiting blood, or blood in the stool
When to See DoctorConsult a doctor if you have
- Persistent heartburn
- Difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Severe abdominal pain