Acidity

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Acidity

Most of us are familiar with the term ‘acidity’. It is a condition that causes a lot of discomfort and hinders our day-to-day activities. Some people may experience acidity for a prolonged period. At Apollo Clinic’s Acidity Treatment Clinic, our team of highly skilled and experienced gastroenterologists provide a range of diagnostic, medical as well as psychotherapeutic services for the management of stomach diseases.  

What is Acidity?
Your stomach normally secretes hydrochloric acid and various other enzymes which help in digestion. Similarly, natural bicarbonate and prostaglandins are secreted by the mucous lining to neutralise the acid's corrosive effects. When there is an imbalance in these chemicals, it causes a condition called acidity.

What are the causes of Acidity?

Acidity is generally the consequence of multiple factors including:

  • Heavy consumption of oily and spicy foods, fad diets, irregularity in eating pattern
  • Smoking
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Stomach ailments such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach tumours, peptic ulcers
  • Certain medications
  • Stress

It is also observed that there is a greater chance of acidity occurring in individuals who are highly nervous or emotional.

What are the signs & symptoms of Acidity?

Our expert team at Apollo Clinic advises on some signs and symptoms of acidity to look out for, such as:

  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Burning sensation in the stomach or throat
  • Restlessness
  • Belching
  • Nausea
  • Sour taste
  • Constipation

How can we help you?

At Apollo Clinic, our expert doctors have enormous experience in treating all symptoms of acidity including acid reflux treatment. Your doctor will consult with you and discuss in detail your lifestyle and medical history to understand the cause of acidity. Depending on the diagnosis, your doctor may prescribe antacids containing aluminium, magnesium or calcium compounds. These antacids provide relief from symptoms by neutralising the excess acid in the stomach. In certain cases, histamine blocking agents (H2 receptor blockers) also may be prescribed. In rare cases, a surgical procedure known as vagotomy may also be performed to reduce the acid sensation.

Additionally, your doctor may also refer you to our in-house team of nutritionists and fitness experts who will suggest lifestyle changes to help combat acidity. You may also be referred to a therapist in case the cause of the acidity is determined to be stress. Our highly qualified and experienced counsellors will help you practice some stress-relieving techniques which assist in relieving the symptoms of acidity.

Apollo support

At Apollo Clinic’s Speciality Clinic for Acidity, our multidisciplinary team of distinguished senior gastroenterologists, surgeons, dietitians, fitness experts, counsellors, nurses and support staff work as one to help treat your symptoms of acidity. We offer best-in-class acidity treatment combining lifestyle programs, workshops, support programs and counselling with medication. 

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