Suffer Less as You Learn About Silent Acid Reflux

By: Wangeci Kinyanjui

For a long time now, people may have been wondering where the burning sensation in the throat area that is usually felt after meals and possibly during nap time is originating from. The answer to this question is simply, silent acid reflux. The condition is mainly a health anomaly in the body which is mostly caused by a malfunctioning flap covering the top of the esophagus. The flap being defective, lets substances from the stomach including acid to pass through it and enter the throat area something that should not happen in a normal occasion. As this happens, the acid burns the soft tissues in which it comes across as it moves through the esophagus and hence an irritating burning sensation is produced.

This disease does not only occur in adults but also in young babies though the anomaly in them is usually caused by digestive problems. Due to the underdeveloped digestive system, the baby can not fully digest its ingested food and as a result of this, the rate of food metabolism is reduced. The stomach is therefore kept full which in turn increases pressure within it and when the pressure is much enough, stomach content along with acid is forced to move up the baby's trachea and end up in the throat. The baby feels irritated in the throat and resorts to various ways of relieving himself. For example, it can be seen spitting frequently so as to try and remove the acid content through the mouth and if this does not work, the baby may decide to cry. One needs to be very keen to notice all these signs from the baby as it does not have words to put across. The disease is however said to disappear on its own by the age of about one year.

Silent acid reflux in adults may be detected through various symptoms. Having regular heart burns is one common sign of this disease. As body acid flows from the stomach towards the throat, it tends to burn the lining of the esophagus and pain is felt in the neck area but more intensely in the mid chest area. Many times when this happens, people tend to relate the condition as being caused by problems with the heart whereby the truth of the matter is that, the problem occurs due to digestive problems in the body. The condition could easily be treated by having any antacid which will help neutralize the acid and make it harmless to you. If pain still persists, then, proper consulting from the doctor should be looked for and appropriate treatment be provided.

Another symptom of silent acid reflux is difficulty in swallowing. This situation comes to be after frequent refluxes of acid occurring thus making the throat tissues to have sours as a result of being subjected to corrosive body acid. When you try swallowing food, the sours will be producing pain and this will make you suffer as you swallow. The other reason that you may undergo this situation is, whenever reflux occurs, solid substances are often left behind in the trachea and for this reason, they tend to block passage of food content to the stomach. You may decide just to take a lot of fresh water which helps in two ways.

The first way is that, water helps clear the trachea and leaves it clean free from any substance which makes it easier for the food bolus to pass through as it moves down to the stomach. The other way that water can help in avoiding having problems when swallowing is that, research has it that whenever water is taken especially when it is Luke warm, it flushes away any content of acid found in the esophagus something that will prevent the acid from reaching the throat. This will ensure that the soft tissues in the throat and esophagus lining are not burnt thus no sours produced and hence no pain having to be experienced when swallowing. It is however recommended that you seek proper consultancy from a doctor to ascertain that you suffer from silent acid reflux so that you may be advised on the appropriate treatment to take.

Wangeci Kinyanjui has been researching and reporting on Health Matters for years.For more information on silent acid reflux visit her site at SILENT ACID REFLUX

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