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What is acid reflux disease?

What is acid reflux disease?

It is common: It means the the acid from your stomach is going up and down your esophagus..It is due to a week muscle. It usually can be controlled with use of antacids which will reutralise the acid and relieve any symptoms of heart burn which the acid will cause. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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How is acid reflux disease treated?

Lifestyle, diet, med: Sometimes, one needs to lose weight. Other times, patients need a 1-2 month course of nexium, prilosec, Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) etc. Other times patients have to adjust their diet by cutting out acidic foods like alcohol and tomatoes. ...Read more

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Can someone die of acid reflux disease?

Can someone die of acid reflux disease?

No: No, not gerd per se. Gerd can lead to barretts esophagus which can lead to esophageal cancer and ultimately death. Esophageal cancer is becoming more common and has a high mortality but is still relatively uncommon. ...Read more

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How can someone die of acid reflux disease?

How can  someone die of acid reflux disease?

GERD: Longstanding gerd can lead to permanent damage to the esophagus which can then lead to cancer of the esophagus. Although this is unusual, cancer of the esophagus is often identified in its late stages, and in this instance, can lead to death from stage IV esophageal cancer. Endoscopy is mandatory if you have long standing gerd. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acid reflux disease?

What are the symptoms of acid reflux disease?

Many...: Subtle symptoms of acid reflux include frequent throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in the throat, dry cough, voice changes, postnasal drip, and mucus in the throat. Less subtle symptoms obviously include heartburn or indigestion pain, or even brash (stomach contents reaching the back of the throat). ...Read more

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How to determine if I have acid reflux disease?

How to determine if I have acid reflux disease?

Symptoms: Heartburn, that could go up the entire esophagus, chest pain that could feel like a heart attack. You could have reflux without having symptoms. A specialist could confirm it with an endoscope showing inflammation in the esophagus. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have damage from acid reflux disease?

Endoscopy: Upper endoscopy (egd) is the procedure of choice if you have had frequent acid reflux, indigestion or heartburn for more than 6 months. The egd allows detailed inspection of the lining of the esophagus for any inflammation or pre-cancerous changes (barrett's esophagus). Biopsies are often taken to differentiate these changes. After egd, proper treatment can be recommended. ...Read more

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What are some good home remedies for acid reflux disease?

What are some good home remedies for acid reflux disease?

Reflux: Reflux of stomach contents (acid) is usually due to incompetent valve or hiatal hernia. It is aggravated by position (lying down), spicy foods and obesity. Treatment includes mediating above factors. Ginger and antacids can help. Then is meds like ppi which shut off acid. If meds fail, then surgery including fundoplication can help - usually has very good outcomes. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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How is it possible to tell if you have acid reflux disease?

X-ray-UGI: When you see doctor he o r she can order UGI to diagnose your acid reflux disease. ...Read more

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What can I use to get iimmediate relief for acid reflux disease and coughing?

What can I use to get iimmediate relief for acid reflux disease and coughing?

See a gastroenterolo: You need to follow gerd life style changes. See md and consider medical treatment ad well as medical evaluation, and possible endoscopy if you symptoms are chronic try otc medications such as pepcid, zantac, (ranitidine) or Prevacid to relief your symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that will help with coughing resulting from acid reflux disease?

Yes: The reflux is triggering the cough. Once the reflux is inder control, the cough generally improves. There are 2 major classes of medications that are prescribed. Zantac, (ranitidine) prevacid, and Prilosec are some of the more common ones and can be found over-the-counter. ...Read more

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Is acid reflux disease curable?

Sometimes: Acid reflux can be treated medically such as with Omeprazole or with surgery. It is possible to 'cure' the acid reflux if the surgery is successful. ...Read more

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How to reduce LPR (acid reflux disease) and their symptoms?

How to reduce LPR (acid reflux disease) and their symptoms?

LPR: When patients are diagnosed with this laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr), they are usually prescribed medicines for it. The medicine group that i prescribe most often are proton pump inhibitors and they are quite effective. However, beyond meds, i also review dietary changes that can help. Reduce or eliminate alcohol, caffeine, carbonation, tomato, citrus, spicy, greasy, chocolate, and mints. ...Read more

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What are some potential long-term effects of acid reflux disease?

Esophageal injury: Longterm gerd exposes your esophagus to acidic material. This is injurious. There are a number of potential effects including but not limited to esophagitis, stricture, damage to your teeth, reactive airway/asthma type symptoms, aspiration/pneumonia, "barret's esophagus", and even risk of esophageal cancer. Some of these are "extremes", so please discuss with your family physician. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medications can be used to treat acid reflux disease?

Prilosec: 20 mg tab, 40 mg tabs available. Minimal symptoms 20mg daily enopugh. More symptoms 20 mg twice a day or 40 mg once a day. Also try fatty and fried foods, proper dietary habits, avoiding smoking, obesity , proper sleep and avoiding unneccesary nsaid- nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs like motrin, aleeve, Aspirin in excess help to reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent acid reflux from turning into acid reflux disease?

Take antacids regula: Regular use of antacids will neutralize the acid and prevent acid reflux disease(gerd) which can result from high acid moving up and down into your esophagus. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acid reflux disease. Would tomato sauce give me an acid reflux episode?

What to do if I have acid reflux disease. Would tomato sauce give me an acid reflux episode?

Probably: One of the causes of acid reflux is random openings of the valve between the esophagus and stomach. These random events can also be triggered by such things as citrus juice, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate and fatty foods. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux disease, and i wanted to know can you have pain in your chest if it's untreated?

Yes: Acid reflux can cause pain that is frequently described as heartburn. It may also cause spasms if the esophagus that are typically described as a crampy pain in the chest/back. Cold drinks canals this worse. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more