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Heartburn FAQs (cont.)

Do spicy foods cause heartburn?

Many substances directly irritate the lining of the esophagus and can contribute to heartburn. These include spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes and tomato sauces, cigarette smoke, aspirin, and ibuprofen (with brand names such as Motrin and Advil). Some of these foods can also increase the production of stomach acid and decrease the LES pressure, leading to heartburn.

Why do I always get heartburn at night?

Heartburn usually starts about 30-60 minutes after a meal. It can occur at any time of day or night, but the pain is usually worse when lying down, so a person will notice it more when he or she is lying on the sofa, in a recliner, or in bed. Bending over or straining to go to the bathroom also may make heartburn worse. At night, saliva is not produced and the movement of the esophagus (peristalsis) decreases.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2016
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