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Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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A common idea is that heartburn is often caused by certain foods, and while this is true in some cases, consistent, painful heartburn as a daily occurrence could be indicative of a more serious issue. Gastroesophogeal reflux disease is a fairly common condition, with 10 to 20 percent of the population potentially affected by it. In most cases, heartburn can be relieved through diet and lifestyle changes, but some may require medication or surgery.

In some cases, GERD can cause pain for several hours, and is often worse after eating. A significant number of people can have GERD without heartburn. This can be referred to as silent acid re-flux. GERD can cause a host of symptoms related to the throat. Treatment usually consists of removal of foods, beverages, and smoking from the life of the affected individual. Certain foods, drinks, and habits can irritate or damage esophageal lining, such as:

  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Tomato-based sauces and drinks
  • Spicy foods and pepers
  • Chocolates and other fatty foods
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking


GERD can cause throat symptoms which may be intermittent or persistent. The throat symptoms may include a tickle sensation, dry cough, hoarseness, phlegm, and difficulty swallowing. Consider calling (724) 656-5050 to make an appointment. We’ll do our best to evaluate your specific condition and offer a treatment plan for your ailments.

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