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- Sore throat or chronic cough
- Hoarse voice
- Sour taste in mouth from acid reflux
- Difficulty or pain with swallowing, a condition called dysphagia
- Weight loss
- Fatigue, or difficulty or pain with breathing associated with anemia
- Photodynamic therapy—uses laser light
- Radiofrequency ablation—uses radiowaves
- Do not smoke. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how to successfully quit.
- If you are overweight, find out how you can lose weight.
- Raise the head of your bed onto 4-6 inch blocks.
- Avoid clothes with tight belts or waistbands.
- Avoid foods that cause heartburn. These include alcohol, caffeinated beverages, chocolate, and foods that are fatty. This also includes spicy or acidic foods such as citrus or tomatoes.
- Do not eat or drink for 3-4 hours before you lie down or go to bed.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www.niddk.nih.gov
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons http://www.sts.org
Canadian Society of Intestinal Research http://www.badgut.com
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Barrett esophagus. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 28, 2013. Accessed April 30, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/07/2014 -