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Acidity is a common problem and can happen to anyone. It is a common digestive problem. Those who consume more oily or spicy food may experience acidity.

Acidity can cause a burning sensation in the stomach, sour belching and sometimes abdominal pain. While it is normal to have acidity problems, if it is happening again and again, then it can put you at risk of getting other diseases, causing much harm to your health.

Repeated acidity can turn into Gastro Esophageal Disease (GERD). In this article, we will tell you about the disease and the harm caused by acidity.

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  1. What problems can chronic acidity lead to?
  2. How to prevent acidity
  3. Takeaway
Doctors for Complications due to acidity

If the problem of acidity occurs repeatedly, a person may have to deal with many problems. Acidity can lead to some diseases, find out more about them below:

Esophagitis

This esophagus gets triggered due to repeated acidity, due to which there may be inflammation in the esophagus. This condition is called esophagitis. Esophagitis can cause you to have a lot of difficulty in swallowing. Along with this, some other symptoms can also be seen. For example, sore throat, hoarse voice, burning in the stomach, etc. If you do not get this problem treated on time, then ulcers and other problems may arise in the esophagus. In some cases, there is also a risk of getting esophagal cancer.

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Ulcer in esophagus

You may also complain of esophagal ulcers if the acidity is frequent. The acid present in the stomach can damage the lining of the esophagus, due to which ulcers may arise. Esophagal ulcer is also called peptic ulcer. If you complain of an ulcer in the food pipe, you may see symptoms like sour belching, nausea, burning sensation in the stomach and blood in the stool. However, not every person has the same symptoms. If you see any of these symptoms, get yourself treated immediately.

Aspiration pneumonia

In acidity, when the acid reaches your throat and mouth, it can also enter the lungs. In this situation, there is a risk of getting aspiration pneumonia. Due to the infection reaching the lungs, you may see symptoms like fever, heavy breathing, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, wheezing, tiredness and blue skin. In some cases, aspiration pneumonia can be severe and even fatal. Therefore, if you are having frequent problems with acidity, then get yourself checked up regularly.

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Esophagal cancer

Frequent acidity leads to an increase in the risk of cancer in the food pipe. If you do not get acidity treated on time, the risk of esophagal cancer may increase. The lower part of your esophagus can be affected due to this cancer. You may see symptoms like difficulty in swallowing, weight loss, chest pain, cough, severe indigestion and sadness.

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Barrett’s esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that affects very few people. Prolonged acidity or GERD can cause it. If you have been complaining of acidity for many years in a row, then there could be a change in the cells lining the esophagus. Barrett’s may also increase the risk of cancer of the esophagus. Therefore, do not ignore the problem of acidity.

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You can adopt these measures to avoid acidity:

  • Avoid eating greasy, fatty, acidic and spicy food. These types of foods increase the chances of acidity. At the same time, some other foods, such as peppermint, tomato sauce, garlic, onion and dark chocolate can also trigger acidity.
  • Try to eat at least 2 to 3 hours before sleeping or going to bed.
  • Divide the diet of the whole day into small portions.
  • Chew the food well and eat it.
  • Try to keep the weight under control. Excess fat increases the chances of acidity.
  • Do not consume alcohol and caffeinated things.
  • Stay away from smoking.

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Keep in mind that while acidity is a common problem, if it occurs repeatedly, then it can take a serious form. In such a situation, do not ignore acidity. If you are experiencing acidity, consult a doctor. Follow the directions given by the doctor and choose a healthy lifestyle.

(Read more: Stomach ulcer diet)

Dr Devaraja R

Dr Devaraja R

Gastroenterology
7 Years of Experience

Dr. Abhay Singh

Dr. Abhay Singh

Gastroenterology
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Dr. Suraj Bhagat

Dr. Suraj Bhagat

Gastroenterology
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Dr. Smruti Ranjan Mishra

Dr. Smruti Ranjan Mishra

Gastroenterology
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