Reflux often occurs after a meal, which lasts a short period and rarely occurs during sleep. Normal reflux will become gastro-esophageal reflux when symptoms occur frequently (about 2-3 times each week) or if the esophagus is injured.
Symptoms of gastric acid, the cause of stomach acid, and stomach acid medication, will be explained further below.
How common is gastric acid disease (GERD, gastric acid reflux)?
This health condition is common. This condition usually occurs in people who are overweight or pregnant women or smokers, but can be prevented by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for more information.
Signs & Symptoms
What are the signs and symptoms of gastric acid disease (GERD, gastric acid reflux)?
- Feeling choking on food in the esophagus, difficulty swallowing, or hiccups.
- Feeling hot or painful in the chest. Sometimes, these symptoms spread to the neck
- Sour taste in the mouth
- Cough or whine
- Sore throat
There may be signs and symptoms not mentioned above. If you have concerns about a particular symptom, consult your doctor.
When should I go to a doctor?
You should contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. In addition, you must tell your doctor if these symptoms often occur and get worse. The body of each person is different. Always consult a doctor to handle your health condition.
What causes gastric acid disease (GERD, gastric acid reflux)?
Abnormal pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (the muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that separates the esophagus with the stomach) will cause stomach acid to flow into the esophagus. Other causes include:
- Abdominal hernia syndrome
- Pressure on the stomach during pregnancy or obesity
- Risk factors
- What increases my risk for gastric acid disease (GERD, gastric acid reflux)?
There are many risk factors for stomach acid, such as:
- Alcohol consumption
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Dry mouth
- Connective tissue disease