Long-term Health Risks for Unmanaged Acid Reflux

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Unmanaged acid reflux presents a unique set of challenges for those diagnosed. With the onset of symptoms, it is important that those suffering from acid reflux work to manage their symptoms and reduce flare-ups.

Acid reflux isn’t one of those things that will go away if left unattended. Acid reflux is a medical condition that must be properly managed. Without managing your acid reflux, the condition can have a greater impact on your health.

Here are some of the long-term health risks for acid reflux, if it remains unmanaged.

Esophagus Problems 

The esophagus connects your throat to your stomach. Everything that you eat or drink passes through the system.

When you suffer from acid reflux, the acid from your stomach often is regurgitated through the esophagus.

Unfortunately, one of the major problems with not actively managing your acid reflux is health problems with the esophagus. These can range from the narrowing of your esophagus called strictures and damages to the lining known as Barrett’s esophagus.

All esophagus problems are serious, and they can make you feel even sicker than the acid reflux itself.

Dental Issues

Another serious medical issue that those suffering from acid reflux should be concerned with is corresponding dental issues that can come with acid reflux.

The same stomach acid that injures your esophagus can damage your teeth and the enamel on your teeth.

Cancer

Most people don’t realize that their unmanaged acid reflux could cause them cancer from the continual regurgitation of stomach acid.

Esophageal and stomach cancer can develop from untreated acid reflux, especially over the long term. Some of these other conditions are precursors to cancer.

If you suffer from acid reflux or from a condition caused by your acid reflux, make sure you set an appointment with your doctor and do the research necessary to restore your health.

If you’re looking for a way to better manage your acid reflux or for better diagnosis information, contact us. We’d be happy to help you navigate managing your acid reflux.