What Does Heartburn Feel Like?

Foods that trigger heartburn

Confused about whether or not you’re experiencing heartburn? Heartburn is an uncomfortable burning sensation that occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter in your body relaxes or weakens, allowing stomach acid to enter your esophagus. The first signs of heartburn may occur during or after eating and symptoms can range from a mild discomfort to a sharp burning sensation.

Symptoms Of Heartburn Can Include:

Burning Pain in the Chest

One of the most common symptoms of heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest, usually after eating. This is due to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxing or weakening, which allows acid to escape from the stomach and rise into the esophagus.

Pain that Worsens When Lying Down or Bent Over

When lying down or bent over, your stomach and throat are close to the same level horizontally. This can allow stomach acid to more easily flow into your esophagus, causing heartburn.

Burning Feeling in the Throat

In addition to causing irritation of the esophagus, stomach acid also has the potential to come all the way up into the back of the throat. It can then cause damage to the throat area leading to a burning sensation or hoarseness.

Sour or Acidic Taste in the Mouth or Throat

If the contents of the stomach are able to travel up to the throat, which is sometimes referred to as regurgitation, you may experience a sour or acidic taste in the back of the mouth or throat.

Heartburn Vs GERD

If you are experiencing chronic heartburn symptoms that occur two or more times a week, you may be experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. This repeated or prolonged exposure to acidic content from the stomach may lead to damage of the esophageal lining.

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic cough or hoarseness
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth enamel damage due to excess acid

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of GERD, talk to your doctor as it can lead to serious complications if left untreated. PEPCID® works fast to relieve heartburn and provides lasting relief but is not indicated for the treatment of GERD.

Try Pepcid® For The Relief Of Unexpected Heartburn

PEPCID® is a Histamine-2 blocker (H2 blocker) with the active ingredient famotidine, which helps relieve heartburn by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. PEPCID AC® works fast by starting to relieve heartburn in 15–30 minutes, and controls acid all day or all night.*

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