GERD is gastroesophageal reflux disease, and it is the chronic diagnosis of acid reflux symptoms that occur at least twice weekly. Patients suffering from GERD can commit to acid reflux treatment as a way to reduce the occurrence of acid reflux. Treating acid reflux syndrome typically begins with lifestyle and diet changes, such as eating smaller meals or avoiding certain foods. Prescription medications are used in more rigorous cases. However, surgery for acid reflux is also a possibility depending on the severity of the individual patient's condition.
Individuals who are overweight or obese, or who are pregnant, are more likely to get acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid comes up into the esophagus, causing a burn in the chest. It is often caused by unhealthy foods that cause the stomach acidity to flare up, and jump into the esophagus. Stomach acid, used in the digestion of food, is normally prevented from leaking backward into the esophagus by a muscle that gently clamps it closed. If this muscle fails to work properly the acid leaks back into the esophagus causing symptoms of GERD. In terms of eating habits, eating too close to bedtime or eating a big meal while reclining will cause acid reflux disease. Furthermore, certain foods are related to acid reflux symptoms including spicy, fatty, and acidic items like tomatoes, garlic, or coffee.
Patients who suffer from heartburn on a regular basis are typically dealing with acid reflux disease. Heartburn is a burning pain along the abdomen, chest, or throat that feels like food or liquid is stuck in these areas. A second common indicator is regurgitation of liquids in the throat or mouth. When stomach acid comes up in the mouth and presents a sour or bitter taste, this is regurgitation. If the patient is suffering from both of these symptoms, then they are more likely to be a strong candidate for acid reflux treatments. However, other symptoms related to acid reflux syndrome include nausea, burping, bloody vomiting, unknown weight loss, dysphagia, or chronic sore throat. Through treatment for acid reflux, patients can remedy their acid reflux disease and its accompanying symptoms.
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