Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)
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The main symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) include:
Heartburn caused by GERD is usually felt within 2 hours after you eat. If your heartburn lasts for several hours—for example, all night—you may have severe GERD. Some people have GERD without heartburn.
Other symptoms of GERD may include:
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may cause irritation or inflammation in the esophagus. This condition is called esophagitis. GERD without esophagitis is sometimes called nonerosive reflux disease.
If you have mild GERD symptoms—an uncomfortable feeling of burning, warmth, heat, or pain just behind the breastbone—you may be able to treat yourself with nonprescription medicines that reduce or block acid. For more information, see Medications.
Advanced GERD can cause complications such as:
Some people who have GERD may be at increased risk for cancer of the esophagus.
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