The Most Common Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is caused when the oesophageal sphincter, a ring of muscle that serves to separate the stomach from the oesophagus, fails to do its job. When this happens, stomach acid can rise up into the oesophagus and mouth. This can put you at risk of all kinds of conditions, including oesophageal cancer, and it can also take its toll on your teeth. Here are a few of the most common signs that you may be experiencing GERD.
Watch Out For These Early Symptoms of Childhood Asthma
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes the lungs to overreact to allergens, viruses, exercise, pollutants, and cold air. Bronchial airways become inflamed and swollen during an attack, while excess mucus is produced in the airways and the muscles surrounding those airways contract. This makes breathing difficult, and it's a condition that has come to affect children even more in the modern age. In fact, rates of asthmas have increased in children under five years by an estimated 160% between 1980 and 1994.