Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD or is an acute or form of gastric illness where an individual has trouble in digesting food and keeping it down. This is a disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and the common symptoms here include heartburn, feeling of nausea, vomiting and persistent coughing too.
HOW IS GERD DIAGNOSED?
The General Physician you go to, will listen to the symptoms and get a fair idea of the condition, but decisive diagnosis can be done through tests like esophageal pH monitoring, endoscopy, and manometry. Each of these tests can give the doctor sufficient information about the nature of GERD and help in evaluating the treatment required.
HOW IS GERD TREATED?
Lifestyle and dietary changes are considered an ideal solution for treating GERD. Treatment is focused at reducing the amount of acid. Foods such as chocolate, mint, fatty foods, coffee, and alcohol needs to be avoided.
DID YOU KNOW?
Decreasing the size of your meals and having food more frequently in smaller portions can help in easing off the symptoms of GERD.