GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic disease that occurs when the sphincter muscle between the lower esophagus (food pipe) and the upper part of the stomach is impaired or loose. Harsh stomach acid flows back up onto the delicate lining of the lower esophagus causing burning pain. This condition can affect adults, children, and infants. This pain is commonly known as heartburn and can be felt in the chest or throat. If someone experiences acid reflux or heartburn symptoms at least twice each week or if it interferes with activities of daily life they may be suffering from GERD.
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