Acid reflux is a very common problem and can causes a number of symptoms, but the most common is “heartburn.”

Untreated, chronic acid reflux can lead to a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, which is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.

This is why you should never blow off the situation with “Oh, it’s just acid reflux.”

It’s also “just” a risk factor for Barrett’s esophagus when allowed to chronically irritate the inner lining of the esophagus.

TV commercials for heartburn are typically of a comical nature. This creates the illusion that cancer is nowhere downstream from this common condition.

But once a person develops Barrett’s esophagus, they must receive lifelong surveillance of the interior of their esophagus to catch any abnormal changes in time before they transform into a malignancy.

About one to two percent of cases of Barrett’s turn into esophageal cancer — which has a poor prognosis.

Chronic acid reflux that affects the throat is a risk factor for laryngeal cancer, though that risk is small as well.

Acid reflux that affects the throat on a chronic basis is called LPR: laryngopharyngeal reflux disease.

Symptoms include cough, a hoarse voice, a sensation of a lump in the throat, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Not Always a Burning Sensation

However, the discomfort of acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), isn’t always a burning sensation.

It can also be described as “pain” by some sufferers — and very bad pain in the chest that can make a person think they’re having a heart attack.

When the throat is affected, this doesn’t mean that there are chest symptoms; sometimes the only symptoms are throat related. Despite the absence of chest symptoms, however, there may still be acidic contents in the esophagus.

Please visit this link to numerous articles about acid reflux–you’ll probably find exactly what you are looking for.

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  

 

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