BECAUSE most people enjoy the Christmas holidays, thousands of people are looking for help in a difficult situation.
The data showed that every 13 seconds someone visits the heartburn and acid reflux page on the NHS website.
An estimated 13,200 people visit the website page on Christmas and Boxing Day, equivalent to one pageview every 13 seconds.
Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest caused by the movement of stomach acid up the throat (acid reflux).
Many people suffer from this ailment from time to time, and sometimes there may not be an obvious reason why.
However, the NHS says it can often be caused or even aggravated by certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tomatoes, alcohol, chocolate, fatty or spicy foods.
It can also be caused by being overweight, smoking, pregnancy, stress and anxiety, increased medication, hormones, and hernias.
Heartburn symptoms you need to know:
- burning in the middle of the chest
- sour taste in the mouth
- cough or hiccups that keep coming back
- hoarse voice
- bad breath
- bloating and feeling unwell.
Although heartburn is a discomfort, the NHS said it’s not the only problem Britons are struggling with during the holiday season.
Britons were also found to be seeking advice on diarrhea and vomiting, receiving an average of 11,600 visits.
It is common in adults, children and infants and the NHS says it is often caused by the stomach bug.
In adults, diarrhea usually stops within five to seven days, and in children, within one to two days.
Along with this, there were also approximately 11,000 visits to the stomach pain page, with 9,300 visits to the food poisoning page in the 48 hours between Christmas and Boxing Day.
About 27 million people visit the NHS website each week.
Robert Cleary, NHS Digital Content Director for the NHS website, said: “The NHS website is available every day of the year for anyone who needs it, including during the holiday season.
“The site provides information and advice on a wide range of conditions, from heartburn to mental health, in easy-to-understand language.
“Our section on how to stay healthy in the winter also has helpful tips on how to stay healthy during the cold months.”
If you are concerned about any of your symptoms, you should make an appointment with your GP or visit NHS 111.
In an emergency, always call 999 or go to the nearest emergency room.
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