Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
When you have weeks of acid reflux and heartburn and episodes more than twice per week, you may have developed gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
What is GERD?
Acid reflux is often managed with over-the-counter antacids and happens only occasionally. But when you have weeks of acid reflux and heartburn and episodes more than twice per week, you may have developed gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
How do you treat acid reflux?
Dr. Shim first treats heartburn and acid reflux or GERD with medications and lifestyle changes. Avoiding certain foods and beverages that trigger reflux, such as alcohol, fried foods, tomato-based sauces, and chocolate, can help. You may also get relief by switching to small meals, not eating before bed, and losing weight.
Over-the-counter antacids help some people, but you may need a stronger prescription version, H2 blocker, or proton pump inhibitor to ease your symptoms. If your acid reflux worsens despite medical intervention or you suffer from GERD, you may be a candidate for surgical intervention to strengthen the function of the LES muscle.
If you suffer from frequent heartburn, call Jan J. Shim, MD, or book an appointment online now to find relief.
Acid reflux usually occurs when the round muscle, known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), fails.
This muscle connecting the esophagus to the stomach acts as a valve that opens to let food into the stomach and closes to keep contents in. If it doesn’t shut tightly, it allows stomach contents and stomach acid to flow back upward.
Heartburn is a direct result of reflux. So, if you increase pressure inside your stomach, you raise the chance of developing heartburn. Factors that can increase stomach pressure and make heartburn worse are being overweight, eating certain inflammatory foods or beverages, and wearing a tight belt.
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