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A 32-year-old member asked:

can the damage of the esophagus caused by stomach acid from gerd be healed?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: Yes, many medications can heal acid reflux. The strongest medications fall under the class of proton pump inhibitors. They block stomach acid production and can heal erosive esophagitis almost 90 percent of the time at 8 weeks.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Suppression of stomach acid production with medications, over time, can allow the damage within the esophagus to heal. However, given that the issue that usually causes gerd, a hiatal hernia, is a permanent structural anomaly, damage does tend to recur once medications are stopped.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Are there any herbal remedies for acid/gastric reflux?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Should be treated: Gerd is common--present in about 70 million americans. As such, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated, especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening.

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