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GERD

GERD is the acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease. A lot of people also refer to the condition as acid reflux disease. GERD is quickly becoming a rampant and widespread disease. Many signs and symptoms are associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease. The most popular symptoms being indigestion and heartburn. Some other common signs and symptoms of the disease are nausea and regurgitation.  Gastroesophageal reflux disease is usually a non-life threatening disease. However, in some rather rare instances, acid reflux disease can lead to death. Some other complications that can come about because of gastroesophageal reflux disease are lung infection, throat inflammation, ulcers, and strictures.


There are a couple of different ways for people with gastroesophageal reflux disease to get diagnosed. A lot of times people go to their doctor after having experience uncomfortable heartburn for quite some time. The doctor can then either use x ray or endoscopic techniques to diagnose the patient’s condition.  Once diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, the doctor will be able to prescribe some possible treatment options for the patient. Some common choices are antacids, histamine antagonists, and foam barriers. In some cases, surgery is used to treat the patient as well.  In addition to the prescribed medications, doctors will often ask the patients to make some lifestyle changes as well. Most commonly, the doctor will ask the patients to eat less of spicy and fatty foods. The doctor will also often suggest that the patients space out their meals, and to eat less food during each of their meals. If the patient is heavily overweight, the doctor might suggest that the patient put in an effort to lose some of the weight to help with their acid reflux condition. Also, doctors will recommend that patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease stop smoking in order to combat GERD.


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