Acid reflux is when acid from the stomach flows back up the food pipe. This is a common condition that is also known as heartburn. Acid reflux creates a burning sensation in the chest and usually occurs after eating. Frequent acid reflux can be a side effect of other conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). At Texas ENT Specialists, we can help patients in Houston test and treat acid reflux. 

About Acid Reflux

What many patients may not realize is that heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Heartburn, or acid reflux, occurs when the stomach acid is backed up in the esophagus. The esophagus moves food from the mouth to the stomach, and the acid entering the esophagus creates a burning sensation. This is the result of a valve — the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) — not tightening properly or becoming weakened. Many patients experience heartburn once a month, or even more frequently.

Symptoms:

  • Burning in the chest
  • Sour taste
  • Hoarseness
  • Coughing

About Texas ENT Specialists

At Texas ENT Specialists, we offer medical expertise in a wide range of ear, nose, and throat conditions. Since 1997, our number one goal has been to help the patients of Houston find long-term relief for the conditions that impact their daily lives. We have 15 office locations across Houston to make it as easy as possible for patients to visit our specialists. Our mission is to provide our patients with:

Personalized Treatment

Our providers work with you to understand the nuance of your condition and how it impacts you, then offer a customized treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

Top-Rated Physician Network

Our locations are staffed with highly-trained providers who have years of experience in ENT treatment and care.

Centers of Excellence

We ensure that both the care you receive and the facilities you receive it in, provide you with the smoothest possible patient experience.

Continuity of Care

Our providers work with patients to try and achieve long-term solutions to their health conditions, never settling for less.

Who Can Have Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux can develop in almost any individual. Many patients may have an occurrence once a month, while some have problems more often. Certain items such as alcohol, high-salt foods, carbonated drinks, caffeine, and certain medications can increase the likelihood of reflux. Obesity and smoking can also contribute to the condition.

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Why should I see an ENT for acid reflux?

Our providers have a keen understanding of the throat and the function of swallowing. Because of this, we’re able to offer more specific guidance on the causes of acid reflux and treatment.

With 15 convenient locations across the greater Houston area, we’re never far away.

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