This page contains the basic information about Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) .
Without treatment, GERD is typically a long-term problem.
Symptoms may be relieved within days of treatment. But for many patients, several weeks of treatment are needed before symptoms lessen or resolve.
Treatment often has to continue for a long period. Even with daily medication, most people with reflux continue to have symptoms.
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