- By Jennifer O'Hara
Treating and preventing GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, affects an estimated 1 in 5 American adults. GERD occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus from the stomach. The lining of your esophagus is more delicate than the lining of your stomach, so acid in your esophagus causes a burning sensation. While many people experience reflux from time to time, GERD is defined by reflux occurring weekly. Most people can manage the discomfort of GERD with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. But some people with GERD may need stronger medications or surgery to ease symptoms.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Jeffrey Alexander, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, will discuss GERD treatment and prevention. Also on the program, Dr. Matthew Carlson, a Mayo Clinic ear, nose and throat surgeon, will explain vestibular schwannomas, a benign brain tumor that forms on the nerve cells leading from your inner ear to your brain. And Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, will discuss genital skin diseases in men.
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