Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a chronic disease and usually is life-long once it begins. This is a condition in which the liquid of the stomach regurgitates backs up into the esophagus. The regurgitated liquid contains acid and pepsin (pepsin is an enzyme that begins the digestion of the proteins in the stomach) which is produced by the stomach.

GERD affects at least 5-7% of the global population in men, women and children. Although common, GERD is often unrecognized and misunderstood. This can be unfortunate since GERD is generally a treatable disease.

It is important for individuals who suffer persistent heartburn or other chronic and recurrent symptoms of GERD to seek an accurate diagnosis. Working with a physician is the first step to receiving the most effective treatments.

Adult symptoms of GERD:

  • Frequent heartburn
  • Asthma
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngitis
  • Feeling as if there is a lump in your throat
  • Earaches
  • Bad breath

Symptoms in Infants and Children:

  • Recurrent vomiting
  • Breathing problems
  • Failure to thrive
  • Coughing

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