The full form of GERD is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This disease affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the ring of muscle connecting your esophagus and stomach, causing the acid to flow back to the throat from the stomach. The symptoms are heartburn, chest pain, chronic cough, and difficulty swallowing.

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Is GERD(Gastroesophageal reflux disease) curable permanently through medicines?

Query: Dear Doctor, Is GERD curable through medicines permanently? If yes, kindly prescribe the medicines. I have consulted many doctors and taken tablets, but after a few days it is troubling again. Please prescribe some permanent solution to this.  Read Full »

Dr. E Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) can be treated effectively with medications like omeprazole, pantoprazole, and with combination of prokinetic drugs like domperidone. In addition to drugs, the modification of life style is important such as: Eating small quanti...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for the small raised area behind my left tonsil that is itchy?

Query: Hi doctor, I noticed a small raised area on the edge of the arch behind my left tonsil. It is the size of a pencil tip. It is slightly lighter in color than the other tissue. I have been suffering from a bad post nasal drip for about a month. It does not seem to hurt but feels itchy. I have no othe...  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on your clinical issue of post nasal drip and the photograph (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) of your throat, the lesion that you have indicated is called lymphoid granulation. We have clusters of lymphoid tissue distributed throughout o...  Read Full »

My wife and I both experienced heartburn weeks ago. Have we contracted a bacteria?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife and I both started experiencing heartburn two weeks ago. It began at the same time for both of us. I had taken Pantoprazole for a year, and it has kept me in a good place related to heartburn. I also use Simvastatin and Losartan. Could we have contracted some bacteria causin...  Read Full »

Dr. Habeeb Abdulrasheed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Food poisoning in the form of bacterial ingestion does not typically give this kind of symptom. Most likely, you have gastroesophageal reflux disease. It may be from acid reflux from your stomach to your lower eso...  Read Full »

Why is my dry cough still there after taking antibiotics?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a dry cough. I cough regularly and get tired of it. I am taking Benadryl cough syrup. I also took some antibiotics that did not help. Kindly suggest to me some good medicines for betterment. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The most common reason for having these symptoms can be a feature of chronic silent GERD with LPR (gastroesophageal reflux disease with laryngopharyngeal reflux). Even though you might be asymptomatic or never had gastric issues in between, the inflammation in th...  Read Full »

What causes white patches on the throat along with a burning sensation?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 23-year-old male. My symptoms are burning sensation on the throat, excess burping, frequent throat clearing, mucus coming to the throat, bitter taste, difficulty swallowing, and ear pain. My symptoms started four months ago. Now, I noticed a white patch on the back of my throat, and...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Constant irritation in the throat with throat clearing and burning sensation can be due to two primary reasons as follow; There are allergic issues in the nose, wherein there is some irritative substance entering, and the nose initially produces a sneezing r...  Read Full »

What is the association between GERD and blocked ears?

Query: Hi doctor, I have anxiety which results in GERD. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I find that I get gastric vertigo. It is more prominent after large meals later at night. The following day I will have blocked ears and sometimes pain in my nasal area. The anxiety issue has been going on for...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The eustachian tube dysfunction is a chronic problem. I do not recommend any medication until an endoscopic nasal examination is done since you are a mouth breather. The endoscopic nasal examination is mandatory to investigate a deviated septum, hypertrophied tur...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for recurrent chest pain in my father with normal ECG results?

Query: Hello doctor, This is regarding my father. On the first of this month, he got an ECG,  which was normal. On the third, he had a little pain in his chest and his left hand. On the fourth, he got an ECG done again, which showed abnormalities in the Q waves. He was recommended a 2D echo and TMT. Both...  Read Full »

Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Q wave abnormalities to a certain extent in certain leads are inconclusive. If the overall TMT,  cardiac echo, and ECG are normal, there is no need to worry. Be on a follow-up with ur cardiologist. Take Pantop DSR (a combination of Pantoprazole and Domperidone), o...  Read Full »

I have a reddish patch on my soft palate. Kindly help me.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a reddish patch on my soft palate since Monday. I went to a VELscope procedure, and they said everything was fine. I also consulted an ENT, and the doctor said there is nothing wrong with my throat, and the patch does not seem weird. I have anxiety, and I cannot sleep at ni...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to It does not look serious to me at all (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is, in fact, not even erythroplakia. Red and white lesions of the oral cavity have either painful clinical features or will cause you discomfort. So it does not lo...  Read Full »

I have throat irritation with redness. Is it due to an infection or acid reflux?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had throat irritation for 8 to 10 days. My throat is also a little bit reddish. But same time, my chest is also burning. So I consulted the doctor he gave me antibiotics and Pantosec D SR (Domperidone 30mg and Pantoprazole 40 mg). But still, throat burning is there. So I want to k...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The most common reason for having these symptoms can be a feature of chronic silent Gerd with LPR (gastroesophageal reflux with laryngopharyngeal reflux). Even though you might be asymptomatic or never have gastric issues in between, the inflammation in the throa...  Read Full »

Can frequent bowel issues and low Hb be signs of bowel cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 year old male. My height is 5 feet and 7 inches, and I weigh about 87 kg. For the past 4 to 5 years, I am suffering from indigestion. This got more serious in the recent years. It used to occur three to four times every week, especially after lunch. I sought medical help an...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, you are most likely having NAFLD (Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). It is caused by an increased fat and carbohydrate intake leading to a fatty liver. Over a long time, like 20 years, it can lead to liver failure and cancer of the liver. You al...  Read Full »

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