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Gerds Treatment And How To Reduce Acidity In Body

Author : Bhupinder Kaur Khera

Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor used in gerds treatment and to reduce acidity in body. Besides it also cures dyspepsia, peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Being a proton pump inhibitor it reduces gastric acid secretion through inhibition of H+/K+-ATPase in gastric parietal cells. By inhibiting the functioning of this enzyme, the drug prevents formation of gastric acid.

Gastro esophageal reflux disease or gerd is a chronic condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter allows gastric acids to reflux into the esophagus, causing heartburn, acid indigestion and possible injury to the esophageal lining. It is caused by a failure of the cardia. It is an acid reflux disease that leads to mucosal damage caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus. Timely gerds treatment should be given importance.

Normally in healthy patients, the angle at which the esophagus enters the stomachcreates a valve that prevents duodenal bile, enzymes, and stomach acid from traveling back into the esophagus where they can cause burning and inflammation of sensitive esophageal tissue. There are many factors leading to this disease. Hiatal hernia increases the likelihood of GERD due to mechanical and motility factors. Obesity is associated with more severe GERD as there is an increase in body mass. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome can be present with increased gastric acidity due to gastrin production. Hypercalcemia can increase gastrin production, leading to increased acidity. Scleroderma and systemic sclerosis can lead to esophageal dysmotility. Visceroptosis or Glénard syndrome upsets the motility and acid secretion of the stomach due to the sunken stomach.

GERD is also associated with variety of respiratory and laryngeal disorders such as laryngitis, chronic cough, pulmonary fibrosis, earache, and asthma, even when not clinically apparent. These atypical manifestations of GERD are commonly referred to as laryngopharyngeal reflux or as extraesophageal reflux disease (EERD).

Knowing how to reduce acidity in body can be of great help. Raising the head of the bed, raising the upper body with pillows, or sleeping sitting up will help to reduce acidity. Avoid pillows that raise the head only. eat small frequent meals as large meal causes excess stomach acid production. Avoid foods that lead to acidity as certain foods are considered to promote gastroesophageal reflux. Avoid eating two hours before bedtime. Sleeping on the left side has been shown to reduce nighttime reflux episodes in patients.

There are a number of medicines are approved to treat gerd. Proton pump inhibitors are the most effective in reducing gastric acid secretion. These medicines stop acid secretion at the source of acid production.

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