• By Laurel Kelly

Consumer Health: What’s the difference between acid reflux and GERD?

December 20, 2019
a young woman sitting on a park bench holding her chest because of heartburn or discomfort

Acid reflux and GERD
Acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, are closely related, but the terms don't necessarily mean the same thing. Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus — the tube that connects the throat and stomach. Sometimes acid reflux progresses to GERD, a more severe form of reflux. Lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications may help symptoms of acid reflux. For GERD, your health care provider may recommend prescription medications or surgery. Learn more from Dr. Purna Kashyap, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

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