GERD (Gastro Eosophageal Reflux Disease)
Gastroesophageal refers to the stomach and esophagus. Reflux means to flow back or return. Therefore, gastroesophageal reflux is the return of the stomach's contents back up into the esophagus.
In normal digestion, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens to allow food to pass into the stomach and closes to prevent food and acidic stomach juices from flowing back into the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the LES is weak or relaxes inappropriately, allowing the stomach's contents to flow up into the esophagusSymptoms:
- Heart burn
- Acid taste in the mouth and regurgitation.
- Rarely sore throat
- Pain abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest pain
- Feeling like lump in the throat
- Bad breath
- Gerd can worsen asthama by irritating the airway