Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which stomach acid flows back into the esophagus more frequently than normal. The acid reflux can irritate the esophagus lining. Experiencing GERD once in a blue moon is relatively common. In fact, GERD can occur at least twice weekly as slight acid reflux. If GERD cannot be managed by diet and lifestyle changes, some individuals may need stronger GERD medication or surgery to relieve symptoms.
GERD occurs from consistent acid reflux. You’ll experience a frequent backwash of stomach acid irritating and inflaming the esophagus lining. The factors that can increase your likelihood of developing GERD include:
It’s highly likely that you’ll be advised to first modify your lifestyle and take medications to relieve GERD symptoms. However, if you do not experience any relief, you may be recommended the following treatment solutions:
Medication that strengthens the esophageal sphincter: Medications, such as Baclofen, can ease GERD symptoms by reducing the frequency of how often the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes.