Often considered the same, know the difference between GERD and ulcers.
Gerd and Maag are often known to have the same disease and really interfere with activities. Nausea and a racing heart due to pain in the stomach need to be treated by a doctor to relieve them. However, Friends of Hermina need to know that ulcers and GERD are different diseases. Check out the explanation in the following article.
The difference between ulcers and GERD
Usually, people know the causes of ulcers are due to eating too late, but ulcers can also be caused by stress, smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and high-caffeinated drinks (coffee and tea), autoimmune diseases, etc. This causes inflammation of the stomach wall. GERD is caused by weakening of the lower esophageal muscles, which make stomach acid rise easily. The cause occurs due to eating too much, sleeping or lying down after eating, and others.
The significant difference between heartburn and GERD is in the symptoms experienced. Heartburn is generally characterized by a feeling of discomfort in the upper abdominal area. Other symptoms experienced are usually such as:
- nausea and vomiting
- Stomach feels full when eating, especially before finishing food.
- Pass wind and burp
- A sour taste in the mouth
Gerd usually has more severe symptoms than an ulcer. GERD is characterized by a burning sensation in the chest (heartburn). This burning sensation can later cause other GERD symptoms that are quite disturbing, namely:
- Chest pain
- Food or stomach acid rises to the top of the esophagus.
- Chest feels burning after eating.
- Difficulty swallowing
- feeling of a lump in the esophagus
Gastritis and GERD have different levels of severity, but there are similarities in the drugs consumed. Medicines that are generally prescribed by doctors are as follows:
- Antibiotics (kill bacteria)
- Antacids (which neutralize stomach acid)
- Histamine (which reduces stomach acid production)
- Proton premium inhibitors (reduce stomach pain due to stomach acid)
- Baclofen (for GERD patients to reduce pain in the esophagus)
Friends of Hermina need to pay attention to the dosage according to the doctor's recommendations to avoid the side effects that occur if you consume it in excess.
To avoid ulcers and GERD so they don't recur, Friends of Hermina, don't forget to do this:
- Avoid spicy, fatty, and sour foods.
- Reduce fried foods.
- Avoid foods and drinks high in caffeine (coffee and tea), alcohol, and soda.
- Eat small portions, but often
- Do not take a sleeping position after eating.
- Manage stress
If the ulcer and GERD of Hermina's Friends recur, immediately check with an internal medicine specialist so that he can be given the right treatment right away.