GERD Awareness Week is observed in November. Doctors and health professionals will to convey the message to people about the disease. Therefore, they specifically raise awareness about Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in brief during the week.
GERD: in brief
GERD is a disease that is caused due to stomach acid’s unusual movement in the tube connecting the mouth and stomach (oesophagus). Generally, people call it acidity. It can irritate the oesophagus lining.
Acidity affects many people across the globe from time to time. When GERD occurs at least twice a week, it is mild acid reflux and moderate to severe if it occurs at least once a week.
It’s vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid GERD. People with Gerd manage the disease with medications and lifestyle changes but some require strong medications to keep the acidity under control.
What are the causes of GERD?
For most people, acid reflux occurs due to
- Lying down after meals
- Eating certain food
However, GERD has different causes and risks and can be more serious than normal acid reflux.
These are the conditions that increase the risk of experiencing GERD:
- Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke
- Hiatal hernia
- Functional constipation
While these factors can boost the intensity of acid reflux:
- Irregular meal timing
- Eating more at night
- Too much caffeine or alcohol consumption
- Eating too much fried or fatty food
- Consuming medications such as aspirin
Symptoms of GERD
Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. When it occurs, there will be a burning sensation on your chest that triggers behind the breastbone and moves upward toward the throat and neck. Many people feel like the food are being flushed back to the mouth after eating.
The burning condition or the pain can last up to 2 hours. Generally, the condition gets worse after someone has their meals. Heartburn can occur when the person lies down or bend.
In many people, the condition gets better when they stand upright or take an antacid to clear the acid from their oesophagus.
Sometimes, people mistake heartburn for a heart attack or heart disease. A heartburn pain may be relieved with physical activity, but heart disease pain will get intense with exercise. Therefore, people should identify the difference or can seek medical advice if they are confused over time.
These are the symptoms besides heart burn:
- Bad breath
- Throat lump
- Swallowing issues
- Breathing trouble
If you experience any GERD symptoms, then consult a doctor at the best hospital in the UAE.
How can you reduce GERD symptoms naturally?
One can control or prevent acid reflux by not consuming foods that trigger acidity including, chocolate, peppermint, fatty foods, alcohol, fried foods, and caffeine.
People who are experiencing severe acidity must avoid citrus fruits and juices, tomato products, and pepper. Furthermore, keeping yourself hydrated will also prevent the build of acid in the stomach.
Aster Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Dubai, provides good treatment of GERD.