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How would an antacid function as a buffer?

Antacids work by counteracting (neutralising) the acid in your stomach. They do this because the chemicals in antacids are bases (alkalis) which are the opposite of acids. A reaction between an acid and base is called neutralisation. This neutralisation makes the stomach contents less corrosive.

Is antacid a buffer?

An acidic solution has a high concentration of Hydrogen ions (H+) compared to a basic solution that has a high concentration of hydroxide ions (OH-) The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. Some antacids contain a buffer that maintains the pH of the stomach.

How does an antacid affect acid base balance?

Antacids reduce acidity by neutralizing (counteracting) acid, reducing the acidity in the stomach, and reducing the amount of acid that is refluxed into the esophagus or emptied into the duodenum.

What causes problems with your esophagus?

It can be caused by leakage of stomach acid into the esophagus (known as gastroesoph- ageal reflux disease, or GERD), vomiting, medications such as aspirin, and viruses, fungi, bacteria or diseases the weaken the immune system. Symptoms include difficult and/or painful swallowing, heartburn and acid regurgitation.

What happens if the esophagus stops working?

The lower esophageal sphincter fails to open properly to allow the bolus to pass into the stomach comfortably, often leading to regurgitation. This autoimmune disease also reduces peristalsis. Symptoms include coughing, regurgitation, heartburn and a feeling of a golf ball getting stuck in the throat.

Can you live without an esophagus?

If your esophagus is removed, it is replaced by another organ—usually the stomach. The stomach can be converted into a tube similar to the shape of the esophagus. Most people have to adjust and “relearn” eating and swallowing, but many people are able to get back to a normal routine.

What causes poor esophageal motility?

WHAT CAUSES ESOPHAGEAL DYSMOTILITY? Esophageal dysmotility may be caused by: An ulcer, stricture, irritation, infection, inflammation, or cancer in the esophagus. Uncoordinated or abnormal muscles in the mouth, throat or esophagus.

Can your throat stop working?

The muscles and nerves that help move food through the throat and esophagus are not working right. This can happen if you have: Had a stroke or a brain or spinal cord injury. Certain problems with your nervous system, such as post-polio syndrome, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, or Parkinson’s disease.

Can your throat muscles weaken?

Oropharyngeal dysphagia Certain conditions can weaken your throat muscles, making it difficult to move food from your mouth into your throat and esophagus when you start to swallow.

What should I do if I feel something stuck in my throat?

Ways to remove food stuck in throat

  1. The ‘Coca-Cola’ trick. Research suggests that drinking a can of Coke, or another carbonated beverage, can help dislodge food stuck in the esophagus.
  2. Simethicone.
  3. Water.
  4. A moist piece of food.
  5. Alka-Seltzer or baking soda.
  6. Butter.
  7. Wait it out.