Acid reflux can be a short term or a chronic problem. It is also called heartburn, and most people are familiar with that name. It can cause significant discomfort, particularly after meals. It can also cause complications with your esophagus, which is way medical treatment can be important.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is one of the most common gastrointestinal problems found during visits to a doctor's office. It is a condition that is caused by the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus, also known as the 'food pipe.' This can cause injury or damage to the esophagus. Several medical problems can then occur in the esophagus, and most considering would be the development of cancer (adenocarcinoma of the esophagus).
The reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus (also known as 'food pipe') means a lot of stomach acid is left around to cause damage. Forunately, there are several medications and treatment options available to people with this condition to not only reduce the reflux of stomch acids but also to make the symptoms get better.