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This is a very common complaint at altitude. I have found that visitors to the Khumbu end up drinking much more tea than they usually do at home. The usual tea brewed in this area is black tea that contains lots of tannin, which is abrasive and irritating to the stomach.

We encourage you to drink herbal tea (which also eliminates the diuretic effects of caffeine) – many of my patients have had complete resolution of their heartburn when they gave up drinking so much of the local tea. Antacids may be helpful, and many find relieve with OTC ranitidine...