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What is the difference between acid reflux and GERD?

Acid reflux is the usual heart burn after a spicy or rich meal, but GERD is the persistence of ongoing symptoms with the evidence of tissue damage.

The difference between acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is that while acid reflux may occur rarely or occasionally, GERD is more severe and symptoms are experienced much more frequently. Lifestyle changes are often enough to prevent acid reflux, while with GERD, medication in addition to lifestyle changes, are often required.

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