GERD/Acid Reflux Disease and Heartburn
Gastroesophagael reflux disease (GERD), also referred to as acid reflux, is a chronic digestive disease in which acid and bile flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, creating pain and often causing damage to the lining of the esophagus.
The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn. However, GERD can produce a wide range of symptoms including dental erosion and bad breath, change in voice or hoarseness, cough, sore throat, asthma, difficulty swallowing, chest pain and regurgitation.
GERD can lead to potentially serious complications, which can sometimes be masked by medicines that alleviate symptoms.Anyone suffering from frequent heartburn should speak to their doctor about a consultation with a gastroenterologist. A gastroenterologist can conduct testing to find out more information about a patient's individual sitation and make a recommendation for the best course of treatment, while monitoring the progression of disease.
If you are experiencing symptoms of GERD, consult with a physician.