Acid Reflux

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), more commonly known as acid reflux, occurs when acids from inside the stomach travel up into the muscular tube which connects the stomach to the mouth. When these acids make contact with this muscular tube (the oesophagus), a number of symptoms can result: heartburn, characterised by a burning sensation in the chest after the consumption of food; pain and discomfort when swallowing (dysphagia); and regurgitation, where sufferers may experience an acidy taste in their mouth.

Acid reflux is a common condition, which can be caused by a number of factors. Those who consume a diet which is high in fat, along with those who are overweight, are typically at increased risk of experiencing the condition. In most cases, acid reflux will not lead to anything more serious, and most people respond well to treatment. However, more severe cases can lead to complications such as oesophagitis when left untreated.

The first step in treating GORD will usually involve the sufferer making adjustments to their diet in order to minimise symptoms. However, in cases where this fails to have an effect, a doctor may suggest a treatment, such as an antacid, to combat acid reflux.