Smoking and heartburn

Smoking and heartburn

Do you really need another reason to quit smoking?  If you smoke and also suffer from heartburn, well guess what?  That's one of the causes of heartburn. 

That's because smoking causes a lack of saliva that is needed to prevent damage to the esophagus. It also increases the production of stomach acids. Heartburn is just yet another ailment that would go away when you stop smoking. Your days would no longer be interrupted by that burning sensation in your chest that just won’t go away. Instead, the irritation would be relieved and you would be able to breathe easier as well.

Find more common causes of heartburn, as well as when it's time to see a doctor with our Pass the Pepto! 5 Common Causes of Heartburn graphic.

Depending on how much you smoke, heartburn could be a consistent annoyance for you. If nothing you are taking for it seems to help, seeing a doctor could be necessary.

Talk with your primary care physician about your needs and find one of the best gastroenterologists in Charlotte so that the problem can be attended to properly. Before that is necessary, quitting smoking should definitely be considered.

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