Barrets Esophagus: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • 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.

Watch Out

  • Vomiting blood, or blood in the stool

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you have
  • Persistent heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe abdominal pain

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