Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
What is Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
GERD is a condition in which stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, causing irritation and inflammation. Symptoms of GERD can include heartburn, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
If you experience persistent heartburn, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, or regurgitation of food or stomach acid, it's time to see a doctor for a GERD evaluation. A doctor can perform tests to diagnose GERD and recommend treatment options. Treatment for GERD can include lifestyle changes (such as weight loss and avoiding trigger foods), medications to reduce acid production, and in severe cases, surgery to repair the esophagus.