Who Needs Gastroesophageal / Acid Reflux Disease Treatment?
There are many good reasons to treat Gastroesophageal / Acid Reflux Disease. First, GERD treatment makes you feel better. Living with uncontrolled GERD -- the pain, the cough, the sleepless nights -- can be tough.
“Gastroesophageal / Acid Reflux Disease puts quite a burden on a person’s quality of life,” says Goutham Rao, MD. Rao is a board member of the National Heartburn Alliance and an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “GERD,” he says, “can be truly debilitating.”
Second, GERD / Acid Reflux Disease poses some serious long-term health risks. Over time, the damage to the esophagus can cause complications. One of those is a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, which is associated with a small but significant risk of esophageal cancer. Fortunately, GERD / Acid Reflux Disease treatment can prevent Barrett’s esophagus from developing.
How do you know if you need treatment for Gastroesophageal / Acid Reflux Disease? What’s the difference between harmless heartburn and more serious GERD? It’s not so much the severity, experts say, but the frequency.
The usual recommendation is that anyone with symptoms two or more times a week should see a doctor. Cheskin is more cautious. He says that even symptoms that occur just once a week should be checked out. “Over the years,” he says, “even that level of heartburn can cause damage.”
Sometimes the most obvious sign of trouble is how often you use over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for heartburn relief.
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