Dr Kingsford Asare who is a resident Doctor for 21st clinic in Kumasi has educated the public on Gastro oesophagus disease(GERD) on Kantanka Tv morning show dubbed Fontonfrom during an interview with Abena Kyei Boakye .
GERD is defined as a digestive disease in which stomach acid or bile irritates the food pipe lining. This is a chronic disease that occurs when stomach acid or bile flows into the food pipe and irritates the lining.
The health practioner indicated that, everybody can get it, there is no age limit, irrespective of your colour or gender. He said GERD is not caused by bacteria but is caused by lifestyle.
Speaking to that, he said pregnant women can get GERD but can’t be transmitted to the child because it is not a genetic disease. Untreated GERD can lead to cancer of the oesophagus or another problem because over time, the reflux of the stomach acid damages the tissue lining the oesophagus, causing inflammation and pain which can also lead to permanent damage of oesophagus and sometimes cancer.
He stated some of the symptoms of Gastro Oesophagus (GERD), such as coughing or chronic cough, flames, pain in the chest as bad breath, sore throat and trouble in swallowing .
He went on to say that, GERD is not suppose to reoccur when treated but due to a life style it can reoccur in a person treated for GERD( Gastro Oesophagus).
He further explained that, smoking can lead to Gastro oesophagus Reflux. Also, Acid reflux and heart burn more than twice a week may indicate GERD, which is treatable by medical professionals.
According to research, people with GERD are advised to avoid alcohol , caffeine, carbonated beverages, chocolate , garlic and citrus fruit and juice. Too much intake of pain killers can cause GERD and ulcer.
Also, people with asthma are at a very high risk of developing GERD. Acid reflux can make asthma symptoms worse by irritating the airways and lungs. Thus, in turn, can lead to progressively more serious asthma.
He advised the public to visit the health center when ever they are sick, also the best position is sleeping on your right side to avoid GERD.
Source: www.kantankatv.com/Rashida Hafiz