Acid reflux is the regurgitation of stomach acid or other gastric contents into the esophagus. It typically manifests as heartburn causing a burning sensation in the center of your chest or rib cage.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD) is when the acid reflux/heartburn becomes more severe, persistent, and chronic.
If left untreated, GERD can cause esophageal ulcers, tooth decay, an increased risk for esophagus cancer, and more.
Some common symptoms of GERD include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chest pain
Occasional acid reflux is not usually cause for concern and is relatively common. If you start to experience acid reflux frequently, we recommend seeing one of our Gastroenterologists before it becomes more severe.