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A lot of times you feel a burning sensation in your chest after you eat or drink a particular food or beverage. Most of the times not a serious condition, it can be easily cured by medicines available over the counter. But if the episodes of your heartburn are more frequent and come along with other symptoms, you need to see a medical expert.Heartburn refers to an irritation of the oesophagus, which is caused by acid in the stomach. It causes discomfort in the upper abdomen and also below the breast bone. This happens due to a dysfunctioning lower oesophageal sphincter, or LES, that is located in between the oesophagus and stomach.If it happens only once in a few months, it is nothing one should worry about. But if it is more frequent and is a weekly occurrence, you need to consult a doctor. Heartburn can be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which is a more severe condition, also called chronic heartburn.The usual symptoms of heartburn include a sour taste at the back of the throat or feeling that food got stuck in your throat. But, if the condition is more severe, one will feel a shortness of breath, dizziness and even cold sweat.Foods and beverages that are usually known to trigger heartburn include alcohol, coffee, acidic beverages such as orange juice, fatty foods, foods that have been fried, and even spicy foods. Though all these foods create higher chances for you to have an episode of heartburn, every person is different and so is his body. If you experience some frequent episodes of heartburn that are not triggered by any of these, maintain a record of what you ate that day. This can help you know what is exactly triggering the heartburn events for you.