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What Is The Difference Between Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?

May 10th, 2007

You’ll often hear the terms Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease mentioned in reference to acid reflux problems, but what do these terms actually mean? To understand them we must first look at the way our upper digestive canal works.

The esophagus is the tube that food travels along from the mouth to the stomach. There are circular muscles (sphincters) at both the top and bottom ends of the esophagus that help guide food to the stomach in a controlled fashion, stopping your food “going down the wrong way” and the acidic contents in your stomach being regurgitated.

When we use the word ‘reflux’ in relation to stomach and digestive questions, we are referring to the reflux (“flowing back”) of stomach contents. Instead of moving downwards to the stomach, or remaining in it, food and gastric acid move backwards toward the esophagus. This is what is called acid reflux.

Read more about the difference between Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease here

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Problems With Acid Reflux In Infants

May 8th, 2007

We’ve all heard about adults suffering from acid reflux disease, and it is in fact fairly common, but reflux is actually commonly suffered by babies as well. Of course, the image of a baby puking all over the parent holding him is all to familiar, but believe it or not, this is really a very natural thing as most infants experience regurgitation in the first three months after their birth; in fact, this is common amongst more than half of all normal infants. This reflux can occur during the various actions that a baby will experience such as coughing, straining, burping, or crying.

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GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) Complications

December 12th, 2006

As with any medical condition, there are potential complications which could make your acid reflux problem more serious. That’s why it’s important if you think you are suffering unusually from the symptoms of acid reflux, or if you are experiencing any unexplained adverse symptoms that you immediately consult your doctor to deal with your condition and eradicate the possibility of developing complications. Don’t hesitate and mess around in the hope things will miraculously get better, because if you do develop complications, they can be serious. With GERD, patients may find themselves suffering from ulcers, asthma, inflammation of the lungs and fluid in the ears.

So how can these complications occur? Well, when reflux reaches the oesophagus, the acidic properties can badly damage the oesophagus lining. This causes the oesophagus to become inflamed, and if the acid breaks through the lining wall further into the oesophagus, an ulcer will form. This is serious. Ulcers can cause bleeding within the oesophagus, and necessitate a blood transfusion or corrective surgery, so it’s vital that you bring GERD to the attention of your doctor and undertake a suitable course of treatment.
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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) And Treatment

December 10th, 2006

Gastroesophageal reflux is a growing concern for a large number of people. Sufferers report symptoms including a burning or stinging sensation, as well as other pain or discomfort in the chest and / or stomach regions of the body.

Some people find relief in over the counter heartburn drugs and use them to alleviate symptoms as the need arises. Though there have been advances in common heartburn medicines and their effectiveness, it seems like the plethora of over the counter acid reflux drugs are barely able to keep up with increasing numbers of heartburn patients.

Most people I know are still looking for a heartburn medicine that will actually work effectively and on a consistent basis. I’ve heard many of them remark that a new acid reflux medication will work the first few times, but not very well after that. It seems that a viable solution for some it to cycle between a few different brands or types of medicine.
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Esophageal Reflux Treatment

December 5th, 2006

Esophageal (Oesophageal) reflux is another term for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), better known as acid reflux disease. This irritating and sometimes extremely painful condition is caused when gastric contents of the stomach are regurgitated into the esophagus, due to structural weakness or other factors.

Obviously, the lining of the esophagus is not meant to handle the caustic nature of stomach acid, so it quickly reacts to the acidic intrusion by producing symptoms ranging from mild heartburn to extreme burning or even what is frequently described as “ripping” sensations of pain.

Some of the major causes of esophageal reflux are dietary. There are many foods that have a tendency to trigger esophageal reflux. Dairy products and choclate are among some of the most common culprits. Vegetables such as cabbage, onions, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli are also known acid reflux triggers. 
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A Personal Experience With Acid Reflux Disease

November 30th, 2006

A lot of us suffer from acid reflux, but we call it acid indigestion or heartburn. But it can be very damaging to your quality of life, and indeed can also develop into something more serious. Following is a personal account of an acid reflux sufferer, and many of us will find echoes of our own experience in it:

“Acid Reflux Disease is not as ominous as it sounds, unless you are a chronic sufferer who has only recently found it necessary to try every over the counter heartburn product available. For many people what started as little bouts of heartburn every now and then, grows into more frequent trips to the drug store and before you know it you’re making an appointment with a doctor because you just don’t know what to do next.”
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Diet Tips for Acid Reflux Sufferers

November 28th, 2006

Diet plays a major part in both causing and curing acid reflux. It doesn’t matter what type of acid reflux you suffer from, or what factors underlie your own particular struggle with heartburn, there’s no doubt that a change in diet can have remarkable effects upon how you manage your acid reflux symptoms.

Unfortunately, there are some foods that seem to encourage heartburn in a lot of people, and maybe you’re one of them. Among these foods we can recognize general categories such as spicy, high fat and dairy foods. Chocolate, tomatoes and herbal supplements are also known to bring about heartburn-like symptoms, particularly if you eat them just before you go to bed.
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Diagnosing the causes of GERD (acid reflux disease)

November 27th, 2006

The causes of GERD (acid reflux disease) are frequently not straightforward to diagnose. In many cases, there may be not just one but several causes contributing to the problem. Some patients suffer from over-production of stomach acid, although this is not found so often. Actually, the main factors which can cause GERD are to be found in the strength (or rather, weakness) of the muscles of the lower oesophagus (lower oesophageal sphincter), efficient emptying of the stomach, defective oesophageal contractions and hiatal hernias, which can also cause reflux. Read more about main causes of GERD (acid reflux disease) here

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What Is Acid Reflux (Or ‘Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease’)?

November 23rd, 2006

Acid reflux is certainly an unpleasant experience for anyone who has suffered from it, even to a mild degree. It’s generally considered to consist of chronic symptoms and frequently mucosal damage caused by the abnormal reflux of stomach contents, in particular the strong stomach acid. When the gastric contents are expelled into the esophagus, this creates discomfort, pain and possibly lasting tissue damage. Read more about Acid Reflux (GERD) here

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New Acid Reflux Treatment Information website launches

November 22nd, 2006

Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a pain – literally; I know, I had it for a while! But you can get rid of it, or at the very least drastically reduce your suffering, and often just by simple natural remedies.

At Acid Reflux Treatment Info you will find articles, links and more resources to help you find out about acid reflux (GERD), its symptoms, ways to avoid getting it, and information on available medications, cures and treatments, including diet advice.

And don’t forget, children, infants and even dogs can suffer from acid reflux too, it’s not just the province of overindulging adults!

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