Do you suffer from acid reflux GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder)? An estimated 60 million people suffer from acid reflux at least once a month. Above & Beyond thinks it’s important to understand exactly what GERD is and how you can take action to reduce the risk of symptoms.
Symptoms of Acid Reflux, GERD
Acid reflux (also known as GERD) can be very painful and cause lasting damage if ignored. There are ways to reduce your risk of suffering the symptoms and having the home making services we offer can help by being there to help you eat better! With the assistance of meal planning, meal preparation and light housekeeping our team can help you eat foods that are less likely to cause acid reflux GERD.
GERD 101 – The Basics Explained
- Burning or Sore Throat – The term for the burning sensation you feel when the acid comes up into the throat area is called throat burn. The video above explains how throat burn occurs.
- Silent Reflux – While it may sound silly, many people don’t realize they suffer from acid reflux or GERD. Referred to as silent reflux or LPR, one of the most common symptoms is a constant sore throat. This sore throat may be occurring because acid is backing up into your esophagus while you sleep.
- Dental Issues – If you have persistent acid reflux it can cause tooth decay and possible softening of the teeth. The acid from your stomach is strong enough to decay the enamel of your teeth.
- Bad Breath – Bad breath can be a common side effect GERD. If you’ve noticed that you have bad breath often it may be a sign of acid reflux.
- Discomfort – When you suffer from GERD you may feel like food is stuck in your chest, around the breastbone area, after eating. You could also suffer from an upset stomach quite often.
- Bloating – Because acid reflux is a gastrointestinal issue it can sometimes cause stomach bloating. Along with the bloating you may suffer from gas; causing burping and flatulence.
Acid Reflux GERD – Left Untreated
Ignoring that you have acid reflux or GERD could result in serious health issues.
- Cancer Risk – Cancer has been associated with those who have severe and/or untreated acid reflux, GERD. Studies have shown a connection between GERD and increased risk for esophageal and stomach cancer.
- Barrett Esophagus – Barrett Esophagus is a changing of the lining of your esophagus, caused by stomach acid. It can increase your risk for esophageal cancer.
- Asthma Complications – Having asthma can increase your risk of acid reflux. Acid reflux can also cause your asthma to worsen.
- Chronic Cough – Because of throat irritation, you may end up with a chronic cough. Left untreated, the irritation from the acid can also cause the throat to constrict or narrow because of scarring.
Because nearly everybody deals with a bout of acid reflux at some point in their life, it’s important that you don’t allow it to get out of hand. The complications from continuous bouts of acid reflux GERD, when left untreated, can be life altering.
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