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Acid Reflux/ GERD & Barrett’s Esophagus Specialist

Gastro Center of Maryland -  - Gastroenterologist

Gastro Center of Maryland

Acid Reflux and Gerd is very common, about 20% of the US population is affected. Don’t ignore your symptoms, get treated today! Board-certified gastroenterologists at the Gastro Center of Maryland, offer specialized treatment options for acid reflux, GERD, and other conditions like Barrett’s Esophagus. Gastro Center of Maryland offers services to patients who live in the greater DMV area. To schedule a consultation, call 410-290-6677 or book an appointment online today! 

Acid Reflux/ GERD & Barrett’s Esophagus Q & A

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux—also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD— is a condition in which acidic stomach contents back up into the esophagus, causing irritation and discomfort. Acid reflux often occurs after eating certain foods, after eating a large meal or if a person lays down immediately after finishing a meal. Acid reflux can also be present in the morning when a person wakes up from sleep. If this occurs over a long period of time, the esophagus can become damaged.  The longer a person has acid reflux, the greater risk of damage.

What is Barrett's Esophagus?

Barrett's esophagus is a condition that occurs after a person has had acid reflux or GERD for a period of time. Constant exposure of the esophagus to stomach acids and digestive enzymes can cause the cells in the lining of the esophagus to change. These cell changes are considered precancerous because they increase the risk of esophageal cancer.  Barrett's esophagus can present with the symptoms of acid reflux which include heartburn or difficulty swallowing. Barrett’s esophagus is treated with acid blockers in most cases.

How is acid reflux treated?

Acid reflux is normally treated with the use of antacids and dietary changes with the goal of reducing intake of foods and/or drinks that exacerbate symptoms. These include fatty or fried foods, tomato-based foods, caffeine, and alcohol, to name a few. The most important part of an acid reflux treatment plan is to modify your lifestyle and eating habits. Some helpful changes include:

  • Avoid laying down right after a meal. You should allow at least 2-3 hours between dinner and sleep.
  • Keep the head of your bed elevated 4-6 inches during sleep
  • Avoid foods that worsen your symptoms such as fatty foods, fried foods, tomato-based foods like pizza and pasta, citrus foods/juices, wine, beer, and coffee
  • Try not to overeat
  • Lose excess weight

Simple lifestyle changes can eliminate discomfort from acid reflux.  

Custom testimonials

  • "Everyone at the office is wonderful"

    —Anne S.

  • "The Annapolis office was a delight to visit. Everyone answered my questions and calmed my fears. I have no problem with my doctor conducting my procedure in a few weeks."


  • "I have been happy with the staff and care I've received here so far satisfied with my overall experience"

    —BONNIE K.

  • "Highly recommend Dr. Rosenbloom. I went to see him with some concerns and had a ton of anxiety and fear. "

    —BRETT C.

  • "All of the staff are really nice and helpful. Colleen Abell is so easy to talk to, she listens to what you have to say and is determined to help with the any concerns ..."


  • "Dr. Rosenbloom is the best . He takes the time to listen and after suffering for 3 yrs going back and forth to my primary. Dr . Rosenbloom figured out exactly what I ..."


  • "Very friendly each and everyone is ready to help you at every step. I love going there."

    —ASHVIN S.

  • "Been a patient for about a year now. Dr. Castillo is fantastic, along with Colleen. She was very attentive to my concerns and showed a lot of compassion. Would highly ..."

    —ANGELA O.




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