Health Complications

Smoking: A Culprit in the World of Reflux

In the past two decades, a lot of research has come out about tobacco use—and the news hasn’t been good for tobacco companies. Whereas once smoking appeared to be a harmless pastime, something that just about everyone did, inside and outdoors, that isn’t the game anymore. Tobacco use continues to decline across the United States, but there are still a lot of people out there who smoke at least somewhat regularly. By the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease and Control, about 18% of US adults use tobacco products in some form or another. [Read more]

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For Acid Reflux, Put the Soda Down

Soda is hands-down one of the most popular drinks in the United States. This can be proven on the number of sales alone. Based on national sale data, there is enough soda sold annually for every adult to drink a full 45 gallons of soda per year. There are aquariums sold that are smaller than that! But when you stop and think about it, there is really no wonder as to why soda is such a major drink in our diets. The beverage is filled with sugar, and most of our favorite sodas pack enough caffeine to help us power through a busy afternoon at work. [Read more]

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Does Having GERD Mean You Will Get Throat Ulcers?

Does acid reflux lead to ulcers in the throat? Ulcerations in your esophagus, or throat, is one possible complication of acid reflux disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is important to understand how untreated reflux disease can affect your throat health, and what you can do about it. [Read more]

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Laryngitis and Acid Reflux

Acid reflux disease or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) may lead to laryngitis, which is inflammation in the voice box that reduces a person’s ability to talk and communicate effectively. [Read more]

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Esophageal Strictures

People who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease may be at risk for esophageal strictures, a condition that can interfere with proper eating and swallowing. [Read more]

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When GERD Gets Complicated: Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Reflux

Though the pain of heartburn can make acid reflux difficult to ignore, many people suffer from GERD symptoms for years without seeking treatment. [Read more]

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Asthma and Acid Reflux Disease

Asthma is caused by inflammation that develops in the airway, a tube called the trachea that is located just next to the esophagus. [Read more]

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Don’t Ignore Your Heartburn!

If you’re suffering from heartburn in Macon on a regular basis, don’t be part of the 60 percent of sufferers who don’t discuss their condition with a doctor. [Read more]

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Is Your Hiatal Hernia Causing Acid Reflux?

Depending on the size of the hiatal hernia and severity of acid reflux, your GERD surgeon may suggest undergoing a procedure known as Nissen fundoplication. [Read more]

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Attack of the Silent GERD

While a majority of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) patients experience painful symptoms like acid reflux and frequent heartburn, GERD’s symptoms aren’t always so detectible. When heartburn doesn’t shed light on potential GERD, there are a variety of symptoms to identify the disease’s acidic damage to the respiratory system, teeth, voice box and throat. [Read more]

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