GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and is a digestive disorder. The affected area in the body is between the esophagus and the stomach. Medically, the condition is described as flowing back of the stomach’s content into the esophagus. The condition occurs more frequently in pregnant women and generally obese people. Some people may face the condition due to dietary and lifestyle habits as well. Heartburn is the predominant symptom.
HOW IS GERD DIAGNOSED?
Gastroenterologists may diagnose GERD based on your symptoms. The doctor may evaluate your eating habits. Ambulatory acid probe tests are conducted for measuring the acid for 24hrs. An X-ray of your upper digestive system and endoscopy are other diagnostic tests for GERD
HOW IS GERD TREATED?
For the milder versions of GERD the GP or the Gastroenterologist may just prescribe the normal antacids to bright down the acids present in the esophagus, but based on the test reports, the level of treatment can be enhanced by including H-2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors. In rare cases surgical procedure might also have to be adopted to treat GERD.
DID YOU KNOW?
Changes in diet by bringing down salt and spice content can help prevent GERD