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What's the difference between acid reflux and GERD?

I am an 18 year old male. I want to know what's the difference between acid reflux and GERD?

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No significant difference. Technically, acid reflux just means that stomach acid is physically entering up into the esophagus. GERD is a disease meaning that the acid reflux is causing damage to the esophagus lining.
Those are interchangeable terms.
Acid reflux is the overall disease or cause of the disease. GERD Is one form of acid reflux disease that refers specifically to symptoms involving the esophagus. The other form of the disease is known as LPR which refers to acid reflux disease involving the upper airways larynx, nasal passages and pharynx.