Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive condition that affects the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. GERD causes the stomach’s acid to back up into the esophagus, causing a burning pain along with other symptoms. The difference between GERD and acid reflux can be defined by the frequency of occurrence. If acid reflux and heartburn occur more than twice a week, this may indicate that GERD is present.
- Sour taste in the mouth
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dry cough
- Hoarseness or sore throat
- Sensation of a lump in the throat
- Hiatal hernia
- Dry mouth
Most people manage GERD quite easily with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. In some cases, surgery or prescription medications may be offered to relieve the symptoms.
If left untreated, GERD can cause further complications such as esophageal stricture, esophageal ulcer, or Barrett’s Esophagus. To explore the best treatment for GERD, schedule an appointment with one of our GI doctors.