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Heartburn, a painful burning sensation in the chest or throat, takes place when stomach acid, meant to work in your stomach, reverses course and irritates your esophagus. If you experience heartburn more than a couple times a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a more chronic and severe form of heartburn. Statistics show that one-in-four Americans suffer with GERD.
The most common symptoms of GERD include: burning pain in the throat or chest, difficulty swallowing, belching, sour or bad taste in the mouth, bloating, nausea, dental erosion, chronic coughing or wheezing.