Acid Reflux Disease and its Treatment

By: Ronald Jensen

Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) refers to the symptoms caused to the esophagus organ by abnormal reflux which leads to the following symptoms such as heartburn, Nausea, pain in the chest and so on. In infants and children, it is a problem to identify this problem and the exact symptoms also vary. The liquids that is refluxing from the stomach contains injurious acids and that creates the esophageal inflammations.

Acid reflux disease is unfortunately a chronic condition and once the treatment has begun then, it requires the same throughout the entire life. In many cases, the human body follows a sort of mechanism to protect it from acid refluxes and this is done by swallowing saliva which neutralizes the acid present in the patients stomach. During the day time, humans are standing upright which makes them swallow their saliva again and again which together with gravity makes liquids from stomach fall back again without causing any damage to esophagus.

During the night, when most people are in deep sleep, there is less gravity. Swallowing of saliva increases which collects a relatively huge amount of acid in esophagus and then it hurts it the most. Acid reflux disease is caused by many different factors and are not limited to only one single factor. The most common symptoms of Acid reflux are nausea, heartburn and regurgitation. In the majority of the patients with the disease, the nerve stimulation leading to heartburn is caused when acid refluxes back to the esophagus. This heartburn is felt in different ways from patient to patient. Due to the heartburn, some of the patients with acid reflux doesn’t have a good nights sleep.

Acid reflux leads to complications such as: Ulcer, coughing, asthma, inflammation of the throat, strictures and etc. An ulcer might appear when the acid from stomach hits the esophagus and damages the cells. The word esophagitis refers to the process of neutralization of acid present in the esophagus and it is initiated by our own body to heal the damage caused to the esophagus. In many cases, if it is determined that the bleeding is rigorous, treatment such as an endoscopic procedure or finally a surgical treatment might be required.

Usually acid reflux is found or suspected because of its usual signs and it is then diagnosed with procedures such as biopsies, endoscopy, examination of the throat and larynx, esophageal acid testing, gastric emptying disease and etc. The treatment often varies according to the complexities of the damage caused to the organs.

Acid reflux disease can be treated quite effectively with changes to ones the way you live your life. For example by making changes to the diet habits that you follow. It is necessary to avoid foods such as chocolate and alcohol because these are the foods that have been found to promote acid reflux and do damage to the esophagus. If you at any point face any of the symptoms of Acid reflux, it is best to immediately contact your doctor for a proper diagnosis which can save your esophagus before it gets hurt more.

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Mr. Ronald Jensen is helping people avoid the disease acid reflux. Ronald also help many people live with the disease, in case they have already been affected by it. On his website, you can see more about acid reflux disease, how to not get it and how to live with the disease.

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