Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic Staff
To help you cope with occasional esophageal spasms, try to:
Oct. 21, 2015
- Avoid your triggers. Make a list of foods and beverages that cause your esophageal spasms.
- Choose food that is warm or cool. Let foods and drinks that are very hot or very cold sit for a bit before eating or drinking them.
- Find ways to control stress. Esophageal spasms may be more common or more severe when you're stressed.
- Suck a peppermint lozenge. Peppermint oil is a smooth-muscle relaxant and might help ease esophageal spasms. Place the peppermint lozenge under your tongue.
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