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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

We will focus on the condition called gastroesophageal reflux or GERD. Thisdisease is associated with the digestive system and it is very common allaround the world. The acid reflux causes chronic pain and many have felt it.The cause of this condition is the content of the stomach, which comes to theesophagus. This problem needs an adequate treatment since it may lead tosome serious complications if treatment is not conducted. Also, infantsand adults can suffer from this problem. Pregnant women experience a lot ofacid reflux, but acid reflux is a very common problem generally, and all of ussuffer from mild case from time to time. There have been many researches done in order to find the exact cause of theGERD, but there have been no results. There are some suspicions about whatcan cause the disease. One of the culprits is hiatal hernia, which happens whenLES, which is connected with GERD, and the upper partof the stomach find themselves above the diaphragm. The acid found rises freelyif the LES is not present, which happens when hiatal hernia occurs. This makesway for the GERD. Usually there are no symptoms that accompany hiatal hernia,which is a disease that might target anybody regardless of the age. Children, women and men are attacked by this problem, which is present in 5% to7% of world population.

Treatments and Drugs

Next we will see which drugs and ways of treatment can help if we are having aproblem with GERD or gastro esophagus reflux disease. The stomach acid can benaturalized by the use of drugs such as Tums, Rolaids, Galusil, Mylanta, Maaloxand other antacids. The stomach acid will inflict damage on the esophagus, whichwill be inflamed, and these drugs cannot help with this inflammation. Some sideeffects, like constipation and diarrhea, can occur due to the use of antacids.The disease may be brought under control by a proper diet, which is not verystrict. It includes all vegetables, fish, turkey and other low fat meats. Also,the beard that can be consumed is only the one made from low or non-fat milk. If you consume thesefoods, you will experience the relief from the symptoms of GERD and they willcertainly not make the problem worse.Medications that can be given by a doctor are H2 blockers, which block the stomachacid production, and antacids, like Alka-seltzer, which neutralize the stomachacid.

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