Studies show one in three people suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition in which the contents of the stomach leak backward into the esophagus, or food pipe, causing irritation.
Symptoms of GERD include:
- Hoarseness or sore throat
- Chronic laryngitis
- Frequent swallowing or difficulty swallowing
- Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
- Pain or discomfort in the chest
- Sleep disruption
- Excessive clearing of the throat
- Persistent cough
- Burning in the mouth or throat
- Intolerance of certain foods
- Dental erosions or therapy-resistant gum disease or inflammation
In addition to dietary controls, medications such as non-prescription antacids, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 blockers help prevent the acceleration of GERD. Over time these medications may lose their effectiveness, requiring increased dosage. This can become expensive and risk long-term side effects. Check out our blog tomorrow to learn endoscopic and surgical treatments for GERD.