Heartburn is a symptom of a digestive disorder. It occurs in gastroesophageal reflux, a condition in which the acidic content of the stomach flows back into the esophagus, damaging its walls. Heartburn is part of a broader picture of symptoms called dyspepsia, a medical term that means poor digestion. Dyspepsia is characterized by a set of symptoms related to the digestion of food, such as abdominal pain or discomfort, a feeling of bloatedness, burping, vomiting, heartburn or loss of appetite.
Loose, watery stools or a frequent need to go to the toilet characterizes diarrhea. There are two types of diarrhea, acute (lasting less than two weeks) or chronic (lasting more than 4 weeks). Most episodes of acute diarrhea are due to gastrointestinal infections, which are easily treated. The treatment of diarrhea must be personalized as it will depend on individual causes.