Welcome to the forum, rusarch.
I guess you learned from that experience. Home remedies like that are medicine and can have serious side effects.
Your omeprazole may not be prescription strength. Generally, OTC drugs are half of prescription.
It makes a big difference how you take omeprazole too. You have to take it first thing before eating, and then you must eat half an hour to an hour later. The drug has to get into the small intestine where the enteric coated granules are released and get into the blood stream. They get to the back of the stomach acid pumps which have to be active in order for the drug to shut them down.
Omeprazole doesn't treat the esophagus. You might try a liquid like Gavescon to coat it; just don't take too much.
You might have some swelling or inflammation going on in the esophagus, hopefully not a permanent narrowing. But if it goes on or gets worse you should definitely see a gastroenterologist! I would guess a couple of weeks should be enough and would be making an appointment because you rarely get in the next day. I certainly hope you will recover soon!
Thank you for your reply and tips Alcie. I have certainly learned from this experience, that hot essential oils should be really treated with respect! All hot essential oils should really be labelled with warning labels, and clear instructions how to use it. Of course it's your own responsibility that you use it with care, but warning labels and clear instructions how to use it would not be too much requested.
I have an appointment with a doctor next week for an another reason and if it hasn't improved then I will ask eventually if he can refer me to a gastroenterologist. I will also try Gaviscon Advance tablets, but you said I should not take too much. How much is too much? What will happen if I take too much? Of course I will read the instructions before use, but just wanted to know what you mean with too much.
Good that you pointed out that I should take omeprazole half an hour to an hour before I eat, which isn't what I can read in the instructions. It's only written that you could take it without or with food.
I also hope that I will recover soon, and thank you for wishing me so! I will keep you updated how I progress, and thank you again for you reply!
Post Edited (rusarch) : 8/31/2014 3:00:15 PM (GMT-6)