<p>The term GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, which occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. While GERD can cause <a href="/health/heartburn-reflux/what-heartburn-is">heartburn</a>, the two aren't the same. GERD is a chronic problem, happening at least twice a week, caused by weakening of the valve at the top of the stomach. Nearly 10 percent of adults experience it daily or weekly. Untreated, GERD can lead to <a href="/health/gerd/barretts-esophagus">Barrett's esophagus</a> and increase the risk of esophageal cancer.</p>Learn more
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What do I need to know about caring for someone with GERD and heartburn?
<p>When caring for someone with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn, it is important to make sure a doctor is consulted if the person has heartburn more than twice a week. Medication, either over-the-counter or by prescription, might be necessary to treat the person's heartburn and GERD symptoms. If you are responsible for preparing the person's food, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the kinds of food and drink that can cause heartburn. These include spicy, acidic, or fried foods; chocolate; peppermint; citrus fruit; caffeinated sodas and other carbonated drinks; coffee; and alcohol. If possible, have the person wait at least three hours after eating before lying down. You might want to consider elevating the head of the person's bed at least six inches as well.</p>
- QHow do I manage my heartburn or GERD on a daily basis?
- QIs GERD the same thing as heartburn?
- QHow common is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
- QWhat tests are used to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
- QHow can I prevent gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
- QWhat medications treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
- QAre GERD and heartburn serious?
- QHow do medications treat GERD and heartburn?
- QWhat are the complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
- QDo GERD and heartburn affect children differently than adults?
- QShould I change my sleeping habits if I have heartburn or GERD?
- QWhat procedures help treat GERD?
- QWhat is the difference between heartburn and acid reflux?
- QCan milk soothe acid reflux?
- QWhat will happen if I don't treat my acid reflux?
- QWhat is acid reflux disease?
- QHow is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) treated?
- QWhat if alkaline foods are not helping my acid reflux symptoms?
- QCan acid reflux lead to cancer?
- QWhen should I see a doctor about heartburn?
- QIs gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) a serious condition?
- QIs it possible to have silent reflux and not realize it?
- QWhat causes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
- QIs there more than one type of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?