7 Tips to Help Manage Reflux Oesophagitis
Reflux oesophagitis is not just a chemical reaction due to stomach acid irritating the lower oesophageal sphincter. There is very much a mechanical process that facilitates this to happen. The following are some practical methods, mainly mechanical, that should be (but often are not) discussed with all patients who have reflux oesophagitis.
- Eat small amounts of food frequently rather than larger meals.
- Avoid pickles, citrus, spices, curry, coffee, pineapple and capsicum.
- Do not eat or drink within two hours of lying down.
- Avoid alcohol, if you do drink, have only a small amount, and with food or diluted.
- Tilt the head of the bed so gravity helps keep the acid in the stomach.
- Avoid stooping or bending, squat down if needed.
- Antacids that contain sodium alginate allow a protective barrier over the stomach contents reducing contact of the oesophagus with acid.
A useful fact sheet for your patients is from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia website.