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Acid indigestion

Acid indigestion is a type of indigestion involving an excess of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Frequent occurrence of acid indigestion can lead to aggravation of the duodenum or to an aggravation of the lining of the stomach, both of which can lead to ulcers which can be life-threatening. However, it is important to note that some 85...95% of all stomach ulcers are caused by infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, and not by excess acidity.

Acid indigestion should be distinguished from heartburn, which typically involves aggravation of the esophagus.

Common contributors to acid indigestion are:

  • Eating foods with too much fat in them.
  • Eating foods with too much spice in them.
  • Excess consumption of
  • Smoking
  • Overeating
  • Eating too late in the evening, or eating just before sleeping.

Over the counter remedies (antacids) are available at almost all grocery stores, pharmacys and drugstores. However, a kind of dependence can develop on these medications, and other complications can arise from excess use of antacids.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Acid_indigestion". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
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