Reflux: Timely treatment protects against dangerous late effects
Heartburn can be dangerous. If it changes from an occasional annoyance to a chronic inflammation, then that is a risk feature for cancer.
Heartburn, also known as reflux disease, is considered as folk suffering. Every fourth German citizen is regularly plagued by rising gastric juice. The causes include fatty or too spicy foods, alcohol and coffee and sweets. They stimulate acid production in the stomach too much.
Unfortunately, the disease is often not taken seriously, but dismissed as an unpleasant disorder of well-being. But that can have bad consequences.
Namely, if the sphincter at the stomach entrance no longer works properly, so that the aggressive gastric acid in the esophagus up into the throat rises. The sensitive mucous membranes are damaged considerably. This is not only painful but also dangerous. The inflamed cells can proliferate and degenerate to esophageal cancer.
The gastric mucosa is protected
Therefore, experts advise, even at the first sign, such as gastric pressure and occasional acid regurgitation to act. They recommend so-called antacids. These are usually natural mineral substances that effectively and rapidly neutralize excess stomach acid. These agents are particularly well tolerated. For mild forms of reflux disease, they are considered the drugs of choice.
Already damaged areas heal
This is confirmed by a study by the University Hospital Jena with just under 10,000 patients. A drug containing Algeldrat was tested. This substance lays on the mucous membrane of the esophagus and stomach like a protective shield, eliminating the excess stomach acid and quickly relieving the burning pain. Ninety percent of patients who consumed up to three sachets of the drug daily reported an improvement in their symptoms within the first half hour of ingestion. In addition, it was found that with a regular intake already damaged mucosal areas could regenerate and thus long-term were cured.