How do you check for esophageal damage?
AdvertisementUpper endoscopy. Your doctor inserts a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light and camera (endoscope) down your throat, to examine the inside of your esophagus and stomach. Ambulatory acid (pH) probe test. Esophageal manometry. X-ray of your upper digestive system.May 22, 2020
What are the 4 types of GERD?
The Four Stages of GERD and Treatment OptionsStage 1: Mild GERD. Patients experience mild symptoms once or twice a month. Stage 2: Moderate GERD. Stage 3: Severe GERD. Stage 4: Reflux induced precancerous lesions or esophageal cancer.
How do you soothe an inflamed esophagus?
These include antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, others); medications that reduce acid production, called H-2-receptor blockers, such as cimetidine (Tagamet HB); and medications that block acid production and heal the esophagus, called proton pump inhibitors, such as lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec).
Will my GERD ever go away?
GERD is a potentially serious condition, and it will not go away on its own. Untreated GERD can lead to inflammation of the esophagus and cause complications like ulcers, strictures and increased risk of Barretts esophagus, which is a precursor to esophageal cancer.