Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD or acid reflux, is when the stomach contents leak backward from the stomach into the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms. Reflux occurs when the muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close properly and allows acidic stomach fluid to come up from the stomach into the esophagus. This may irritate existing conditions such as asthma or chronic lung disease, which is why you should see a Frisco GERD specialist if you experience any symptoms.
Common Symptoms of GERD
Heartburn is the primary symptom of GERD. It can feel like a burning sensation in your upper abdomen, or it may radiate up to your throat. Other symptoms include regurgitation, acid taste in the mouth, sore throat, persistent dry cough, hoarseness, especially after consuming food and drink containing caffeine or alcohol.
Drinking alcohol may make heartburn worse because it relaxes the lower …