Acid indigestion, also commonly known as heartburn or acid reflux is a condition which causes irritation and swelling of the esophagus. The main trigger of acid reflux is stomach acid leaking into the esophageal cavity.
Difficulty in swallowing
One of the visible and painful symptoms of acid indigestion includes difficulty in swallowing. This can be a case for foods, and even beverages as the irritation and burning sensation in your throat will cause swelling in the lower esophagus. The inflamed tissue also causes the esophagus walls to narrow down and cause trouble while ingesting food.
Saliva is naturally adept in countering and neutralizing a developing condition of acid reflux. In case you are suffering from heartburn, excess saliva production forcing you to swallow more is one of the symptoms. This is the body’s way of preparing and fighting the discomfort caused due to acid indigestion, also being one of the easy to identify symptoms.
Nausea is one of the more common and easily confused symptoms owing to its similarities with other medical conditions. However, when it comes to identifying the symptoms of acid reflux, nausea which is experienced right after a meal can be related to acid indigestion as it is a sign that food is not being processed and digested efficiently.
Heartburn is known to trigger symptoms which can be related to respiratory problems as well. Coughing and wheezing are some of the symptoms observed in such cases, and frequent bouts of heartburn often lead to developing signs of asthma. However, there is no clear indicator as to why heartburn can potentially cause asthma. Studies have shown that the stomach acid that causes the irritation and burning sensation can trigger a certain nerve impulse in order to restrict the juices from flowing into the breathing tubes, running parallel from your throat to the lungs. The restricted breathing can result in problems, which is prolonged can lead to respiratory disorders.
This is a result of the stomach acid leaking into your lungs through the airways that are located right next to where the esophagus starts. A small flap acts like a valve allowing food to be sent down to the stomach and at the same time blocking access to the airways to your lungs. Acid reflux, however, can lead this stomach acid leaking into your lungs, forcing you to cough. Wheezing is another alarming symptom of acid going down the wrong pathway.
A sore throat
A feeling of irritation and burning sensation in your throat can lead to a sore throat as the stomach acid causes swelling and gradually tissue damage, which often leads to difficulty in swallowing. The symptoms are similar to that of what you might experience in case of a common cold or even flu infection. Irritation and swelling caused due to acid reflux can be more severe comparatively.
The feeling of hoarseness can be just another symptom that indicates you might be suffering from the early signs of a cold or flu infection. However, if none of the associated symptoms of cold & flu stat showing up, chances are you might be suffering from symptoms of heartburn. The leaking stomach acid can cause irritation of your vocal cords leading to tissue damage.
Bitter taste in your mouth
The digestive juices are very sour, acidic, leaving behind a bitter lingering sensation in your mouth which is one of the indicators of developing symptoms of acid indigestion. The leaked fluid can go all the way to the back of your throat thus leaving this bitter aftertaste. The symptoms can act up at night more triggering sudden bouts of acid indigestion at night, as the stomach produces more digestive juices to process all the food consumed.
Pain experienced post meal
Having a full meal can lead to problems since this can often lead to pain in the abdomen as the digestive system works overtime to process the excess food. If you experience pain in your stomach right after having a meal, chances are you might be experiencing the first signs of developing acid ingestion.
Any discomfort experienced in the chest for that matter can indicate a number of troubles, even respiratory disorders. However, the stomach acid flowing up into the esophageal cavity can also lead to chest pain as the fluid can leak into your lungs causing irritation and a burning sensation. It is common for people to mistake the symptoms of heartburn to a heart attack and this is why symptoms of chest pain however mild or severe should not be ignored. Immediate diagnosis and medical attention are advisable for proper treatment.