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If you don't treat gerd, will it get worse over time?

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
It may.: if symptoms of GERD are not daily at this time, I would try to treat it by avoiding particular foods which bring it on, such as tomatoes, onions, orange juice, and chocolate. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, and stop smoking if you do. You may want to tilt the head of your bed. Use OTC antacids like Tums (calcium carbonate) whenever you have heartburn. If that's more than three times a week, see your doctor. Good luck.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Sometimes: GERD can worsen over time. It also can cause something called Barrett's esophagus which can lead to cancer. It is best to treat the GERD or try to get rid of it using diet and behavioral changes that can minimize GERD. Keeping body weight in recommended range, avoiding alcohol and nicotine, eating small meals and not eating before bedtime can all help to minimize GERD

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