In times of a pandemic like this, it is undeniable that the level of public anxiety is increasing. In medical terms, this can trigger stomach acid to rise and trigger digestive problems such as: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
For you to know, GERD is a gastrointestinal disease with disturbing symptoms and complications, which is caused by reflux or the rising of stomach contents into the esophagus. GERD can be caused by a weakening of the valve or sphincter in the lower esophagus, making it unable to close properly.
“Currently, stomach acid disease is increasing like GERD. There are many triggers of GERD during a pandemic, especially those who stay at home. Finally eating a lot, it turns out that the rest is also not enough because maybe some of the time is spent on gadgets,” said Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, SpPD-KGEH, MMB, FINASIM, Gastroenterology Specialist FKUI-RSCM in Virtual Media Briefing via ZoomThursday (10/2/2022).
Working from Home (WFH) with unhealthy working hours also make daily activities, including mealtimes a mess. In addition, obesity is also one of the triggers for increasing GERD rates.
What are the risk factors that cause a person to get GERD? Studies show that people who are overweight, smoke, are pregnant, have digestive disorders, and drink alcohol may have these risk factors.
Often, ordinary people can’t tell the difference between an ulcer and GERD, Mother. According to Prof. Ari, the difference between ulcer and GERD is a question that often arises in his patients.
To distinguish it, ulcer patients usually complain of pain in the stomach only. Meanwhile, in GERD patients, stomach acid has gone up into the esophagus or esophagus.
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GERD is characterized by a sensation of pain and burning (heartburn) bitter taste in the chest and mouth. “That’s why, the two main questions (which are asked to patients) are fever in the chest or not? Is the mouth bitter or not?”
“Then, if he is examined by an ENT doctor, the ENT doctor says his acid has reached the top, then we say that he has GERD,” he said.
In addition to these two main symptoms, patients with GERD usually complain of difficulty in swallowing, bad breath, nausea, vomiting, and pain in the esophagus.
Maybe you’ve heard, GERD can be life threatening. Is that true? Read the doctor’s explanation on the following page, Mother.
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