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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a medical term for acid that moves into the "food swallowing tube" (esophagus) from the stomach. Sometimes acid moves up the swallowing tube, into the nose or mouth. The strong acid can burn and irritate the swallowing tube, throat, and vocal cords or cause a bad taste in your mouth. GERD symptoms are not the same for everyone. You may feel burning in your chest or throat called "heartburn" or you may have no symptoms at all.

GERD and Breathing Problems

Acid reflux into the upper portion of the swallowing tube can cause cough (especially when sleeping or during exercise), shortness of breath, wheezing, and vocal cord spasm.  Uncontrolled acid reflux can mimic asthma.

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Understanding Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

  • All About GERD
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • Acid Reflux (GERD) (American College of Gastroenterology)
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux in Children and Adolescents (National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants (ADAM)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Laryngitis
  • GERD - Interactive Tutorial
  • GERD/Heartburn
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  • Commonly Asked Questions


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  • Is GERD Always Worse at Night?
  • Is GERD Causing My Baby to Get Agitated While Sleeping?
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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014