Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Depending on the type of esophagitis you have, you may lessen symptoms or avoid recurring problems by following these steps:

  • Avoid food allergens. Read food labels carefully to avoid food to which you have an allergy. Be careful when eating out. Ask about what ingredients are in a dish and how they're prepared.
  • Avoid foods that may increase reflux. Avoid foods that you know worsen your symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux. These may include alcohol, caffeine, citrus fruits, tomatoes and spicy foods. Eating smaller meals and not eating for at least three hours before going to bed can help reduce acid reflux.
  • Use good pill-taking habits. Always take a pill with plenty of water. Don't lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking a pill.
  • Lose weight. Talk to your doctor about an appropriate diet and exercise routine to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
  • If you smoke, quit. Talk to your doctor if you need help ending a smoking habit.
Sep. 15, 2011