Do you frequently experience heartburn? Or feel a sour burning liquid rising in the back of your throat after you eat? Is it sometimes difficult to swallow? If these symptoms are recurrent, you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). As a leading internal medicine physician, Dr. David Alonso and the skilled practitioners at Amour Medical Aesthetics, Inc in Chico, California can help you manage this potentially devastating disorder. Call or book an appointment online today to have your acid reflux evaluated.
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid rises up the esophagus and causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat. Commonly called heartburn, almost everyone experiences it sometimes (especially after eating fried or fatty foods).
When acid reflux occurs more than twice a week, it can be a symptom of GERD, a disorder that can damage your esophagus (esophagitis), and eventually lead to throat cancer.
Normally, acid reflux occurs when greasy, rich foods stimulate the overproduction of gastric acid in your stomach. If you experience acid reflux frequently, it can weaken the muscular valve separating the stomach from the esophagus. This allows gastric acid to climb up your esophagus, creating the ongoing discomfort and damage of GERD.
GERD can also be caused by a hiatal hernia, a condition where the top of the stomach pushes through the diaphragm and into the esophagus.
If you experience heartburn or any of these symptoms more than twice a week, you might have GERD:
Although usually seen in adults, anyone can develop chronic acid reflux (GERD), even children and infants. While contributing factors like hiatal hernia can be genetic, acid reflux is often caused by unhealthy personal habits, including:
Using an array of sophisticated diagnostic tools and tests, Dr. Alonso pinpoints the nature and extent of your acid reflux-related issues. Methods that are commonly used include:
The ultimate goal is to relieve your symptoms and heal any damage to the esophagus. Dr. Alonso and his team use an array of pharmaceutical and natural interventions -- dietary changes, weight loss, etc. -- to reduce acid production and promote healing.
If left untreated, persistent acid reflux can lead to severe problems. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule your consultation.
*Individual results may vary.