GERD is caused by a weakening of the esophageal sphincter, allowing stomach contents to back up into the esophagus. The stomach contains acid and pepsin which, if allowed to contact the esophageal tissue, can irritate and cause erosions in the esophagus. Left untreated, reflux can cause esophageal inflammation, or lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that increases the risk of esophageal cancer.
Don’t suffer with the burning irritation of GERD. Talk with a gastroenterologist to find the right solution for your symptoms.