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What Are the Symptoms of Heartburn?

Heartburn can present itself through many different symptoms and be triggered by a number of causes. Understanding your heartburn symptoms can help treat your heartburn and enable you to make lifestyle changes if needed. Keep reading to learn more about heartburn symptoms and what could be triggering them.

Symptoms of Heartburn

Although you may experience heartburn differently than a friend or family member, there are common symptoms that you might recognize. For most people, it’s a burning sensation in the chest just behind the breastbone. This burning sensation is caused by acid refluxing into the esophagus and typically occurs after eating. It can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Have you experienced this?

Other heartburn symptoms include:

  • Chest pain that worsens by bending over, lifting or lying down on your back

  • Burning in the throat

  • The feeling of a hot, sour acidic or salty taste in the back of the throat

  • Coughing or wheezing

If you’re having trouble swallowing, getting a sticking feeling in your chest or throat, or a chronic cough, sore throat or hoarseness, talk to your doctor. These symptoms might be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, which needs to be diagnosed and managed by your doctor.

What is triggering my heartburn symptoms?

Heartburn symptoms can be triggered by regular things you’re doing in your everyday life like:

  • Eating spicy foods, citrus, or fried foods

  • Drinking alcohol or caffeine

  • Eating too quickly

  • Smoking

  • Lying down flat on your back

Everyone is different, so try tracking your symptoms to see what could be contributing to your heartburn. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Timing– When did the heartburn symptoms start and how long did they last?

  • Food intake– What did I eat or drink just before the symptoms occurred?

  • Symptoms– What were my symptoms and where did I feel them?

  • Severity– How severe were the symptoms?

  • Effect – How did the symptoms affect me?

  • Action– What did I do to treat the symptoms? Did it work?

The answers to these questions will help you better understand why you experience heartburn and help you and your doctor determine what kinds of treatment will most likely ease your symptoms. To start managing your heartburn on your own, try making these small lifestyle changes that can help you enjoy everyday life. But if you’re still experiencing symptoms and discomfort more than twice a week, it might be time to try Prilosec OTC . It’s just one pill a day for 14 days, and you’ll experience zero heartburn.*

How long do heartburn symptoms last?

Without treatment, mild heartburn can last as little as ten minutes, but usually lasts about two hours. If you’re rarely experiencing heartburn, you may not need treatment. You can also try Antacids or H2 blockers for temporary relief. But if your heartburn is frequent and you think you need treatment, you should talk to your healthcare provider and consider trying Prilosec OTC for 24-hour heartburn relief.* Sign up for the Two Week Challenge and take one pill a day for 14 days. We hear you – most people don’t like taking a pill every day because it’s so hard to remember! If you sign-up for the Two-Week Challenge you’ll get tips and tricks to try throughout the 14 days along with reminders to take your one pill each day.* If you’re still experiencing symptoms after the 14 days, consult with your doctor, as it could be a condition other than frequent heartburn.

Sources (Accessed May 2020)
- Cleveland Clinic, “Heartburn”