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GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a chronic acid reflux condition which means acid containing contents of stomach continuously leaks back into your oesophagus(food pipe).
Acid reflux happens because the valve at the end of the esophagus (lower esophageal sphincter), doesn’t close properly when food arrives at the stomach and intra abdominal pressure increases. Acidic food then flows back up through your esophagus into your throat and mouth, giving you a belching.
Anyone at any age can develop GERD, but some may be at more risk for it. Your chances of having GERD increase if:
Some of the common complications of GERD are: