Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To help you cope with occasional esophageal spasms, try to:

  • 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.
Oct. 21, 2015