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Acid reflux

The main symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) are heartburn and acid reflux. Other symptoms can include bad breath, feeling and being sick, and difficulty swallowing.

The main symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) are heartburn and acid reflux.

Heartburn

Heartburn is an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest.

It's usually felt just below your breastbone, but can spread up to the throat in some people.

The discomfort is usually worse after eating, or when bending over or lying down.

Acid reflux 

Acid reflux is where acid and other stomach contents are brought back up (regurgitated) into your throat and mouth.

It usually causes an unpleasant, sour taste at the back of your mouth.

Other symptoms

If you have GORD, you may also experience:

  • a sore, inflamed oesophagus (oesophagitis)
  • bad breath
  • bloating and belching
  • feeling or being sick
  • difficulty swallowing, which¬†may feel¬†like a piece of food is stuck low down in your throat
  • pain when swallowing¬†
  • a¬†sore throat¬†and hoarseness
  • a persistent¬†cough¬†or wheezing, which may be worse at night
  • tooth decay and¬†gum disease

If you also have asthma, the symptoms may get worse as a result of stomach acid irritating your airways.


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