Heartburn is a burning sensation behind the breastbone that can be very painful. It’s caused by the backflow of acid from the stomach into the gullet (oesophagus) and can be set off by certain foods and medicines. It can be made worse by lying flat or wearing tight clothing around the waist.
Tips to prevent heartburn
- Avoid large meals, chocolate, alcohol, fatty foods, fizzy drinks, chewing gum, hard-boiled sweets, mint, aniseed and dill.
- Wear loose clothing around your waist.
- Try not to lie flat on your back, especially after meals.
Drug treatments can also help relieve troublesome heartburn. Your GP can prescribe these for you.