Acid Reflux/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux, occurs when the stomach contents back up (or reflux) into the esophagus and mouth. Reflux is a normal process that typically does not cause complications. However, people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) experience bothersome symptoms as a result of the reflux.

Symptoms can include heartburn, regurgitation, vomiting, and difficulty or pain with swallowing. The reflux of stomach acid can adversely affect the vocal cords, causing hoarseness, or even inhaled into the lungs. Click here to view lifestyle changes that can help control symptoms of GERD.

Treatment usually begins with over-the-counter medications to control acid. If you do not experience relief within a few weeks, your doctor may recommend other treatments, including prescription medications or surgery.