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What will happen if I don't treat my acid reflux?

If you don't treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), complications can occur. These include ulcers, bleeding, and anemia (low blood count). Long-term GERD can also lead to scarring and narrowing of the esophagus (stricture), making it difficult to swallow, and Barrett's esophagus, which is a serious change in the cells lining the esophagus. If you have symptoms, see your doctor. Treatment can usually prevent these complications.

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