Heartburn vs. GERD: What’s the difference?

March 27, 2024

Are you experiencing discomfort after meals or a night out with friends? That warmth in your esophagus or burning sensation in your stomach might be heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Let’s dive into what distinguishes these conditions and how to manage them effectively. What is Heartburn? Heartburn, also known as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to close properly. This allows stomach acid and other contents to flow ...

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How Do I Know If I Have Allergies or COVID-19?

March 9, 2024

Spring is nearly here and with it comes planning for fun day trips from picking fresh produce and flowers to summer camps. Unfortunately, along with the sights and sounds and tasty produce will come other traditional signs of spring—sneezing, watery eyes, and runny noses. Sometimes, though, these symptoms can leave people confused because they overlap with other illnesses, especially virus-related ones. At other times, people are just unclear regarding which symptoms might indicate allergies ...

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