Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) – Symptoms & Causes
Most of us are foodies at some level. Some people eat less, and some people eat heavily. No matter what the scenario is, eating our favorite food gives a delightful feeling.
What if you get a feeling of vomiting after your favorite meal?
What if you feel like your food pipe is on fire after eating?
This is what we call as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.
It is a digestive disorder which occurs when stomach acid or other fluids in the stomach flows back regularly from the stomach into the esophagus(food pipe between the mouth and stomach). GERD can affect people of any age, from infants to older adults.
Many people experience mild acid reflux from time to time at least twice a week, or in case of moderate to severe acid reflux occurs at least once a week.
The acidic nature of the acid in the esophagus possibly causes heartburn and other symptoms and perhaps damage the tissue. Most people with GERD, manage the discomfort by opting some lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. But in severe conditions, some people might need stronger medications or surgery to reduce symptoms.