You may have acid reflux or GERD if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Heartburn, often after eating or at night
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Food regurgitation and nausea
  • Chronic cough
  • Hoarseness

Factors that aggravate acid reflux include smoking, large meals, late eating, fatty and fried food, alcohol, coffee, certain medications, and various infections.