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what things can i do to treat gerd at home?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
GERD home remedies: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent.
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
PPI's: Stands for "proton pump inhibitors". These are drugs that turn off the acid producing cells in the stomach lining. Omeprazol is often used.

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A member asked:

What is gerd?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Spit + pain: Gerd = gastroesophageal reflux disease. It's when food repeatedly comes up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing discomfort. If little babies spit up but don't have pain or fussiness, that's just spit-up, not gerd.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is GERD cureable?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Maybe: Gerd is usually controlled with lifestyle changes and medication. There are some who are "cured" with certain surgical procedures which don't allow the stomach contents to reflux up into the esophagus. See your pcp or a gastroenterologist or a surgeon who specializes in this area. Surgery is usually reserved for those who cannot get control with medications or have other reasons.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Signs of gerd?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
More on GERD: Healthtap is full of answers regarding gerd's causes, variations, and approaches for prevention. Please type "gerd" in the search box, and i think you'll find all the responses you could want!
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A 43-year-old male asked:

Symptoms of gerd?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Quite a few symptoms: Gastroesophageal reflux disease=acid from stomach refluxing into esophagus/mouth causing symptoms such as acid/sour taste in mouth, chest pain/heartburn, indigestion/dyspepsia, biter taste if bile comes up, sorethroat/hoarseness, coughing--symptoms often worse with spicey, fatty foods, alcohol, mint, caffeine etc...Everyone refluxes a bit; too much =gerd. Consult doc. Good luck.
A 55-year-old female asked:

Is GERD dangerous?

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Unlikely: Gerd is potentially dangerous if it causes damage to the esophagus, and the esophagus heals in a fashion that changes the normal esophageal cells to small inestimal cells. If these new cells become abnormal, they have a small chance to become cancerous years down the road. The damage can also heal so much it narrows the esophagus. Both however are very unlikely, but unpredictable.

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