Acid Reflux Health Center

Acid reflux can be harmful without proper treatment and management. About 5 percent of the 20 million Americans with acid reflux have significant episodes two to three times a day, which may be a sign of a more serious issue called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you believe you have GERD, talk to your doctor or a health care professional, as there are medications and surgical treatments available for this more severe condition.

If advanced acid reflux is completely ignored, it can 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 symptoms. Keep track of what sets off your reactions and discuss your findings with a doctor.

If you have continually lived with 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 you knowing. Because Barrett's esophagus can lead to cancer, it is crucial to get treatment for the condition.

Review Date: 
August 2, 2012
Last Updated:
August 6, 2014