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Acid reflux can be harmful without proper treatment and management. About 5 percent of the 20 million Americans with acid reflux, have significant episodes 2 or 3 times a day. This signifies a more serious issue, which could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you believe you have GERD, consult your doctor or health care professional as there are medications and surgical treatments available for the more severe condition. If advanced acid reflux is completely ignored, it could develop into Barrett’s Esophagus which often requires surgery to correct. Barrett’s also heightens the risk for developing esophageal cancer.
Every case of acid reflux differs from person to person. While fatty, spicy and acidic foods most commonly set off reactions, there could be more specific foods that trigger your brand of the condition specifically. Keep track of what sets off your reactions and discuss your findings with your doctor.
If you have continually suffered from advanced acid reflux symptoms for many years, ask your doctor if you should be tested for Barrett’s Esophagus. Barrett’s presents no new additional symptoms and therefore could be present in the body for years without knowing. Treatment of Barrett’s esophagus is essential as it could lead to a cancer diagnosis.