Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Most GERD is easily treatable. The first step is identifying what triggers your symptoms—from spicy foods to wearing clothing that’s too tight on your abdomen—and making lifestyle and diet changes. Sometimes, little tricks like elevating the head of your bed can cut your acid reflux. Other times, over-the-counter antacids can provide relief.
However, if you’re still suffering after trying these methods, you may need stronger, prescription medication like H2 receptors or proton pump inhibitors. For the most chronic cases, surgery may be necessary. Talk to your doctor about which option is best for you.