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March 2, 2011

Symptoms for Acid Reflux

Most people that are affected by acid reflux don’t know it at first. Acid reflux is a disease that stems from a lower esophageal sphincter that isn’t working properly. Imagine that the food you eat is swallowed, goes through your esophagus, lands in your stomach and then all of a sudden goes back into the esophagus and even your mouth. Food from your stomach is now completely infused with gastric acid, and this is what makes acid reflux uncomfortable and unhealthy. The acid from your stomach does not feel good in any other part of the body and is meant to break down food for the extraction of nutrients.

Stomach acid that is out of place causes you to feel a burning sensation, associated with heartburn or acid indigestion, a symptom for acid reflux. Heartburn affects millions of people every year. Many of these people only experience heartburn on occasion. Those who feel heartburn more than twice a week probably have acid reflux disease. You can identify if you have heartburn based on the severe irritation you may feel in your chest, stomach and throat. This irritation can cause you to feel like your insides are burning and can cause a painful feeling.

The heartburn that you feel because of acid reflux is sometimes accompanied by incessant burping and hiccups. Not only do you have the awful burning sensation in your esophagus, but you may have wet burps that expel stomach acid, bile and food particles into your mouth. Now the acid has a chance to irritate the mouth and oral cavity. A gross taste and smell is the result.

Another symptom for acid reflux is nausea. Nausea makes your stomach feel uneasy and urges you to burp and even throw up. The worst part of nausea is when you vomit up gastric acid, upsetting the throat and esophagus even further. The feeling of nausea can impede motor skills, social interaction and can increase general stress.

Regurgitating food is a symptom for acid reflux. Regurgitation happens when a substantial amount of food is refluxed from your stomach. This is usually uncomfortable and can prevent you from getting the proper nutrition and energy from the foods you eat.

Dysphagia can occur as a result of acid reflux. This may be one of the more stressful symptoms for acid reflux. Dysphagia makes you feel as though your food is stuck in your neck or throat. This increases difficulty with swallowing and can prevent you from eating an adequate serving of food every day.

Acid reflux disease is also commonly known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD has many of the same symptoms as acid reflux and may be used interchangeably. You don’t have to worry and wonder about the symptoms of acid reflux if you know what to look out for. For more information on these and other symptoms for acid reflux, visit today. Becoming informed is the first step in managing and treating this disease.

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