Gastroesophageal Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux, better known as acid reflux, is when the acid of the stomach frequently travels up the throat, causing a burning sensation known as heartburn. The pain of heartburn can last as long as 2 hours. It's often worse after eating.

It can be a problem if it's not treated because, over time, the reflux of stomach acid damages the tissue lining the esophagus, causing inflammation and pain. In adults, long-lasting, untreated GERD can lead to permanent damage of the esophagus and sometimes even cancer.
  • Symptoms
  • Acid reflux

    • Occurs or worsens after a meal

    • Recurrent


    Feel like vomiting

    or Throwing up


    Release of recently eaten foods different from vomiting


    Frequent burping after meals


    Swallowing difficulties


    Pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat

    Strained voice

  • Risk factors
  • Alcohol consumption


    Stomach hernia

    Cocoa consumption

    Caffeine consumption

    High fat consumption

    History of gastroenteritis


    Overweight or obese

  • Treatment
  • Treatment often include medicines like anti-acids and a change in diet.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Gastroesophageal Reflux, then a visit to a general practitioner is recommended.

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