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What is GERD and its Relationship to Acid Reflux?

What is GERD? it’s an Acronym for GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease

which is commonly referred to as acid reflux. Whereas acid reflux is more of a description of the common symptom, GERD is a much more serious problem which shares the symptoms of common acid reflex but the cause is a physiological defect involving the ileocecal valve which closes the bottom of the esophagus. This condition is more likely to cause tissue damage resulting from chronic exposure of the lining tissue of the esophagus to the highly acidic contents of the stomach.

GERD, Unlike Simple Acid Reflux, is Physiological

and can not be remedied by changing your diet, it requires medical intervention to affect a cure. If you have frequent heartburn, GERD may be the cause of your reflux problem but that is for a doctor to determine and the sooner you consult a doctor the better.

There are several different medications that are available to treat the symptoms of GERD, antacids like Mylanta, Tagamet, Pepcid, Zantac, Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, and Protonix. Although these preparations have a temporary effect on the excess stomach acid and therefore soothe the painful symptoms, but only temporarily, they can not resolve the cause of the a GERD condition.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), left untreated has been known to lead to more serious problems like Barrett’s esophagus which is the result of stomach acids actually digesting the lower esophagus and exposing a person afflicted with this condition, to an increased risk of esophageal cancer.

The takeaway from this message is that if you find yourself reaching for one of the above mentioned remedies frequently you may not be experiencing heartburn due to acid reflux, in fact your problem may actually be the more serious condition; GERD, and you would be wise to consult your doctor because GERD can be cured but it will not go away by itself.

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