It Could Be More Than Just Holiday Heartburn

Man Having Chest PainsThe holiday season is a time for much-needed time away from work and fun with family. However, while busy celebrating the holidays, there’s one thing that we tend to lose sight of – our diet.

With all the potatoes, greens, ham, turkey, gravy, dressing and more sitting before our eyes, it’s hard to avoid overeating or indulging in a few holiday drinks. Though, if we’re not careful, these holiday habits can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as heartburn.

“If you’re experiencing frequent or persistent heartburn or acid reflux, particularly following meals, this is definitely a symptom that you should monitor and discuss with your primary care physician,” said Dr. Brandon Smaglo, assistant professor of internal medicine at Baylor’s Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Consistent acid reflux or heartburn can develop into larger problems and should be taken seriously,” he continued.

Here are some warnings signs for esophageal disease to look out for this holiday season, according to Baylor College of Medicine:

Watch what you eat.

We all get heartburn every once in a while. But, if you experience heartburn regularly, or difficulty swallowing, then you may be dealing with an esophageal disease. Drinks such as coffee and alcohol won’t help the situation. Also, any foods containing…