8 Ways to Treat GERD

Ignoring the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to serious problems ranging from difficulty breathing to esophageal cancer. Use these tips for getting reflux under control (9 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Apr 4, 2012 at 3:08PM

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8 Ways to Treat GERD

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Recognize the Symptoms

Almost everyone experiences the occasional case of heartburn; but if you’re having it two or three times a week, it could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). “A common GERD symptom is a burning sensation behind the breastbone that occurs twenty to thirty minutes after eating,” says Lauren Gerson, M.D., associate professor of medicine and gastroenterology at Stanford University School of Medicine. “A patient may also experience fluid rising into her chest or mouth, belching, pain below the diaphragm, trouble swallowing or nausea and vomiting.” Less common symptoms include a dry cough, hoarseness or the worsening of asthma.

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