(HealthDay News) -- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition that occurs when the muscle at the base of the esophagus allows fluids from the stomach to rise into the esophagus.
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The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse lists these common symptoms of GERD:
- A burning sensation, known as heartburn, in the chest or upper abdominal area.
- A frequent dry cough.
- Symptoms of asthma.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Tasting food or fluid from the stomach at the back of the mouth, called acid reflux.
- Acid reflux that occurs more than twice a week.
-- Diana Kohnle
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