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GERD services

offered in Ewing, Hamilton Township, Brick Township, Robbinsville and Matawan, NJ

The occurrence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) arises from the recurrent experience of acid reflux and heartburn. At AZZ Medical Associates, the gastroenterology specialists possess extensive expertise in treating GERD, with a collective experience of over 25 years. They deliver exceptional care to patients at their conveniently located offices in Brick Township, Hamilton Township, and Ewing, New Jersey.

If you frequently endure symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion, belching, nausea, and bloating, the assistance of the AZZ Medical Associates team can prove beneficial. By seeking their expertise, you can receive effective management and treatment for GERD. To embark on your path to relief, contact AZZ Medical Associates today or conveniently schedule an appointment online.

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GERD, a prevalent digestive system condition, manifests when stomach acid regurgitates into the esophagus, leading to inflammation and chest pain commonly known as heartburn.

The development of GERD occurs due to a malfunctioning valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The role of the LES is to create a barrier between the esophagus and the stomach. When you swallow, the LES opens to allow food and beverages to enter the stomach, subsequently closing tightly to prevent the escape of stomach contents.

However, if the LES becomes damaged or weakened, it fails to close properly. As a result, acid travels back up the esophagus, occasionally reaching the mouth. While the stomach is equipped to withstand the corrosive effects of acid, the delicate tissue of the esophagus is not. Consequently, the acid irritates and burns the esophageal tissue, giving rise to unpleasant symptoms associated with GERD.

GERD gives rise to symptoms commonly associated with indigestion, which include:

– Excessive belching
– Sore throat
– Difficulty swallowing
– Sensation of a blockage in the esophagus
– Sudden increase in saliva
– Hoarse voice
– Halitosis (bad breath)
– Nausea and occasional vomiting

It is important to note that if stomach acid reaches the mouth, it can also cause damage to the teeth.

While these symptoms may occur sporadically, particularly after consuming a large or indulgent meal, occasional acid reflux is typically not cause for significant concern. However, if you experience recurring episodes of acid reflux, it is advisable to seek treatment at AZZ Medical Associates.

GERD is primarily attributed to an unhealthy diet and excessive body weight, both of which can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and the consumption of rich or spicy foods can also act as triggers for GERD or exacerbate its symptoms.

Certain medications can have side effects that include GERD symptoms. Additionally, GERD is commonly experienced during the later stages of pregnancy when the growing fetus puts pressure on the mother’s internal organs.

Another possible cause of GERD symptoms is the presence of a hiatal hernia. This occurs when a portion of the stomach protrudes through an opening in the diaphragm, a muscular barrier separating the organs of the chest from those in the abdomen.

Taking proactive steps such as weight loss and making dietary adjustments, such as avoiding spicy foods, fats, caffeine, smoking, and alcohol, can greatly improve your condition. If you need guidance and assistance in adopting a healthier lifestyle, the internal medicine specialists at AZZ Medical Associates are available to provide advice and support.

For occasional acid reflux symptoms, over-the-counter antacids can offer relief. However, if you are diagnosed with GERD and your symptoms persist as a chronic issue, your gastroenterologist may prescribe medications such as H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors to help reduce the production of stomach acid.

To receive timely treatment for your GERD, we encourage you to contact AZZ Medical Associates today or conveniently book an appointment online.

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