Do antacids cure acidity and heartburn?

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Do antacids cure acidity and heartburn?

Antacids only act on the symptoms without resolving the problems that caused them. Sometimes they are insufficient, while on other occasions they are even useless as behavioral therapy, not based on drugs or surgery, is sufficient to obtain a full recovery.

People with acidity, heartburn or reflux are more than 1 in 10! Often, perhaps on the advice of friends or relatives who have been suffering from it for years, they decide to treat themselves by purchasing an antacid, a type of drug that does not need a prescription. Antacids make all symptoms go away in minutes giving us the illusion of having solved the problem.
Unfortunately, however, these drugs only temporarily eliminate the discomfort without resolving the causes. This could lead to the neglect of some pathologies, such as gastritis, hernias or ulcers, which can have very serious consequences, such as ruptures of organs or tumors. Furthermore, the burning can be a sign of helicobacter pylori infection (an infection that affects more than 20% of Europeans) and sometimes even a heart attack! Therefore, in case of persistent or severe symptoms, it is always good to consult a doctor. In fact, the doctor will be able to prescribe more suitable or more powerful drugs and the necessary diagnostic tests. Sometimes it can help those with minor ailments heal without resorting to medication! It will be enough to apply simple behavioral rules such as, for example, anticipate dinner, increase the hours of sleep or avoid certain spices.
So yes to antacids, but never deprive yourself of the advice of your doctor!

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