Gastroesophageal reflux disease is not generally a socially acceptable subject because it is difficult to understand the pain a person is going through when you are hearing about disgusting things like vomiting and heartburn. However, understanding the complications of GERD is something that every person that has ever had the condition should do, here are a few of the complications of acid reflux, or GERD.
Throat and Larynx Inflammation- When the refluxed liquid moves past the esophageal sphincter then it enters the area where the pharynx and larynx, or throat and voice box, lie. This complication is relatively uncomplicated overall, but can cause pain and discomfort in the form of a sore throat or horse voice. While this doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem, the afflicted will disagree if they are in a field that requires a decent amount of public speaking or sales talk. The presence of a weak voice can take away from the opportunity of success to the individual with the problem.
Lung Infection and Inflammation- Many have felt the complication of liquid entering the lungs, commonly referred to as aspiration. If you have aspiration it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are suffering from GERD, but if you have GERD it is probable that you suffer from aspiration. Aspiration pneumonia can be a serious condition that will require the immediate care and treatment of a doctor. If it isn’t aspiration pneumonia then it could result in an eventual scarring of the throat, or fibrosis, that damages the lungs. Aspiration generally occurs at night when acid reflux is at its worst without the assistance of gravity.
These are two of the seven major complications of GERD, continue on with your reading to determine what the complication of your GERD could be. If you haven’t seen one of the complications of acid reflux that you believe should be mentioned then you should see your family doctor or physician to decide if your complications are as a result of acid reflux or something else altogether. There is nothing comical about acid reflux, even though it may be an embarrassing and sometimes disgusting condition to discuss.