What Is Acid Reflux and GERD?
Acid reflux happens when acid from your stomach flows back (reflux) into your oesophagus (food pipe). Many people have acid reflux once in a while, but in some cases, it may irritate or damage the lining of the oesophagus.
If you have symptoms of acid reflux more than twice a week, you might have a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is a more severe and longer-lasting condition in which the symptoms faced are constant or leads to complications over time.
If you suspect that you may have GERD, you should see a doctor.
What are some potential complications of GERD?
In most cases, GERD can be treated easily, but in some, it can lead to serious or even life-threatening health problems.
Potential complications of GERD include:
- tooth enamel erosion, gum disease, or other dental problems
- asthma, chronic cough, or other breathing problems, which may develop if you breath stomach acid into your lungs
- oesophagitis, an inflammation of your oesophagus
- oesophageal stricture, which happens when your oesophagus narrows or tightens
- Barrett’s oesophagus, involving permanent changes to the lining of your oesophagus
- oesophageal cancer, which affects a small portion of people with Barrett’s oesophagus
To lower your chances of complications, it’s see your doctor early and discuss your best treatment options.
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