-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Holiday foods and feasts can
cause trouble for the estimated 30 million Americans with
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but there are things they
can do to be comfortable and symptom-free, experts advise.
GERD occurs when a faulty valve between the stomach and
esophagus allows stomach contents to flow back into the esophagus.
Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, acid regurgitation, wheezing,
sore throat and cough, according to the American Society for
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).
Things that may trigger GERD symptoms include obesity,
pregnancy, smoking, excess alcohol use and consumption of fatty
foods, tomato-based products, chocolate, peppermint, citrus drinks
Answering "yes" to two or more of the following questions may
indicate that you have GERD, according to the ASGE:
If you suspect you have GERD, seek diagnosis and treatment so
that you can enjoy the holidays and every day, the ASGE said in a
society news release.
Treatment options include lifestyle modifications, medication,
surgery or a combination of methods.
National GERD Awareness Week is Nov. 20 to 26 in the United
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