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Acid Reflux Treatment in Fargo

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If you’re suffering from acid reflux and you’ve tried over-the-counter medications and made dietary changes with no relief, contact the medical providers at Altaire Clinic. Having a medical provider who understands and really listens to you means you’ll get higher quality, personalized care. At Altaire Clinic, we're ready to help you find an effective treatment that can improve your overall well-being and your quality of life.

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Acid Reflux & Heartburn Treatment Clinic

Acid reflux becomes a disease when it causes injury or severe or frequent symptoms. Reflux can damage the respiratory tract, pharynx, or esophagus. While many people will experience acid reflux occasionally, it can become problematic when it occurs more than two times a week. During digestion, the ring of muscle between the stomach and the esophagus opens as food flows into the stomach and closes to prevent acidic stomach juices and food from going back into the esophagus.

Reflux can occur when the muscle, or lower esophageal sphincter, has become weakened or relaxes at the wrong time, allowing acid to flow back into the esophagus. This can irritate the lining of the esophagus and cause heartburn. If you experience acid reflux twice weekly, or severe acid reflux once a week, you may have GERD, a more severe form of reflux that happens more often.

People with reflux or GERD may experience:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Heartburn after eating
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic heartburn
  • Laryngitis
  • The feeling that food is stuck in their throat
  • Regurgitation
  • Poor sleep
  • Chronic cough
  • Asthma

Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available that can help you manage your reflux symptoms.

Heartburn is the most common symptom of reflux and GERD.
Persistent heartburn feels like a burning pain in the chest, behind the breastbone. The pain travels upward to the neck and throat and may be accompanied by an acidic, sour taste as the acid from the stomach travels upward.

Acid Reflux Treatment

If you’re experiencing reflux or GERD, meeting with a medical provider at Altaire Clinic can be the best way to manage or eliminate many of your symptoms. Your medical provider may recommend portion control and eating more frequently, abstaining from eating two to three hours before sleep, and avoiding foods that can trigger heartburn and other acid reflux symptoms, such as peppermint, chocolate, fatty foods, spicy foods, and fried foods. They may also recommend other lifestyle changes, such as avoiding tobacco and alcohol use and switching from tight clothing to loose-fitting clothing around the abdomen.

You may be prescribed medication or your provider can recommend over-the-counter medication that can help relieve acid reflux symptoms.

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What to Expect at Your Visit

At your visit, your medical provider will go over your medical history, lifestyle, and diet, and ask questions regarding your symptoms, how often you’re experiencing these symptoms, and what foods seem to trigger them. They will recommend many lifestyle modifications, including quitting smoking, weight loss, and diet changes.

They may also discuss over-the-counter and prescription medications. Medications may not prevent acid reflux but can be used to suppress acid. Reflux may be diagnosed based on the symptoms you’re experiencing and the information you provide. For severe cases, you may need to undergo additional testing to assess esophageal damage.

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Risk Factors

Occasional acid reflux is very common, however, frequent symptoms, such as chronic heartburn, can put you at risk for complications, which is why it’s important to meet with your medical provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Complications may include bleeding from the esophagus, trouble swallowing, or even esophageal cancer. The presence of severe reflux may even indicate an underlying problem such as a blockage in the small bowel or stomach.

If you suffer from acid reflux, seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid scarring in the esophagus or other types of damage.

Can Acid Reflux and Heartburn Be Cured?

Reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be managed with medication and supervised treatment. To learn more, contact Altaire Clinic today to schedule a consultation with a medical provider.

Cost of Treatment / Insurance

The cost of treatment will depend on your insurance provider and plan coverage.
Below is a list of the accepted insurance providers at Altaire Clinic.

  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MN
  • BCBS of ND
  • Cigna
  • Health Partners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medicare
  • ND Medicaid
  • Preferred One
  • Sanford
  • Tricare/Health Net Federal Services
  • United Health Care
  • VA PC3 (Optum)

*Please contact us if you have any questions regarding whether we accept your insurance.

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Make an Appointment

If you’re experiencing severe reflux symptoms or painful reflux symptoms regularly, contact Altaire Clinic today at (701) 809-9369 to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.


Why Choose Altaire Clinic

The experienced medical providers at Altaire Clinic can provide comprehensive reflux treatment that can help relieve uncomfortable symptoms. They can also create a personalized treatment plan that includes important lifestyle changes you can make to help you manage and prevent acid reflux symptoms. Our goal is to help you achieve your wellness goals, improve your quality of life, and have you feeling your best, as soon as possible.

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Common Questions About Acid Reflux Treatment

How Can I Treat Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) Naturally?

Eat dinner two to three hours before bed. Eat smaller meals more frequently. Elevate your head when you sleep. Sleep on your left side. Follow a low-carb diet. Maintain a healthy weight

What are the Main Symptoms of GERD?

Trouble swallowing, Regurgitation of sour liquid or food, Chest pain, Chronic heartburn

How Long Does Acid Reflux Take to Heal?

If you’re suffering from acid reflux, medication can help reduce the stomach acid in your body, to help your heal. The length of the recovery time can vary and will depend on how long you’ve been living with acid reflux, the severity, and many other factors.

What Damage Can Acid Reflux Cause?

Occasional acid reflux isn’t associated with serious or long-term complications or health risks. However, when you experience acid reflux symptoms often, it can lead to more serious conditions such as ulcers, esophagitis, strictures, and more.

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We encourage you to book a consultation, so one of our providers can personally discuss your needs and recommend the procedures best suited to your lifestyle. Contact us by phone or use the convenient form below so you can reach your ultimate health, wellness, & beauty goals.