Dealing with chronic acid reflux, or GERD

Dr. Payam Daneshrad understands how difficult it can be for patients to live with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or “GERD.” This condition is caused by stomach acids that come back up through the esophagus, causing a condition sometimes referred to as acid reflux. Acid reflux can be an irregular issue, like heartburn, or it may be a chronic and severe problem that causes patients great discomfort every day. 

How do I know if I have GERD? 

There are severe distinct symptoms of GERD that patients may experience, and it may include: 

  • Belching
  • Regurgitation of stomach contents
  • Excess mucus
  • Heartburn
  • Coughing or clearing of the throat
  • Burning or throat soreness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Choking episodes
  • Hoarseness/change in voice
  • Bitter or acidic taste in the mouth/throat

What causes GERD to develop? 

There are many reasons why a patient might develop GERD, and for each patient, the cause may be different. It may also be caused by a combination of concerns as well. Below are some of the more common causes of GERD that Dr. Payam Daneshrad sees in his practice: 

  • Weak esophageal muscles
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Slow stomach emptying
  • Pregnancy
  • Food choices
  • Lying down after eating
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use

How is GERD treated? 

Dr. Payam Daneshrad will often work with patients to find a solution to their problem based on the severity of their condition after it has been diagnosed. Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and as a last resort, surgical intervention. It is vital that patients speak with their doctor as they try certain methods to determine what treatments work for them and what treatments may be recommended instead. 

Schedule an appointment at Daneshrad Clinic today 

If you are interested in learning more about dealing with chronic acid reflux, it may be time to speak to an ENT professional such as Dr. Payam Daneshrad, our board-certified orolaryngologist. Call (310) 453-6500 to schedule an appointment at one of his two office locations in Santa Monica and Torrance, CA. After a thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis, Dr. Payam Daneshrad can make recommendations regarding one’s condition and find a treatment option that provides relief.

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