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What are ways to alleviate esophagus spasms caused by a hiatal hernia?

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Esophagus spasms caused by a hiatal hernia that lead to post-nasal drip are treated with antibiotics, antihistamines and decongestants, steroid sprays and antacids, explains American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Patients can also eliminate caffeine and alcohol from their daily diet to help reduce esophagus spasms.

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Patients can also elevate the head of their bed six to eight inches and avoid beverages and food for at least two or three hours before going to bed, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. A hiatal hernia can produce a pouch-like tissue mass at the point where the esophagus meets the stomach that can cause spasm that result in reflux, which ultimately contributes to post-nasal drip. The swelling and growths that develop may cause swallowing problems and slow or prevent solids and liquids from moving to the stomach.

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