International Reflux Day highlights a serious health problem

More than 20% of the world’s population suffer from reflux and endure symptoms like heartburn, acid reflux and thick phlegm. In many cases, so severely that it is difficult to eat normally – or even to lie down and sleep. To draw attention to this growing, global problem, International Reflux Day has been instituted on the 9th November.

Reflux is caused by Hiatus hernia

Reflux is caused by a hiatal hernia and occurs when stomach acids come up into the esophagus. It causes symptoms like heartburn, acid reflux, thick phlegm and a persistent dry cough.

– In our daily work, we have contact with thousands of patients who have suffered with reflux, many for decades. Their everyday life is often severely affected. Help from medical professionals is often limited to a renewed prescription for medicines, which at best reduces the symptoms, says Linn Hägg, co-founder of MYoroface and initiator of the International Reflux Day.

Acid reflux must be taken seriously

International Reflux Day was instituted in 2020, with the aim that reflux must be taken seriously.

– Acid reflux is a common health problem in the western world. More than 20% of the world’s population suffer. By launching International Reflux Day, we hope that more people will be encouraged to talk about their problem and that they get better access to information on what they can do about it. If we can have a day to celebrate pancakes, we ought to have a day for those that can’t enjoy eating them too, says Linn.