This Article is About
acid reflux
gastroesophageal reflux disease
acid reflux symptoms
acid reflux disease
asthma condition
asthma drugs
gerd symptoms
reflex reaction
double whammy
stomach acid
inhalers
Acid Reflux And Asthma – Discovering The Connection And Looking At A Solution
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Acid Reflux And Asthma – Discovering The Connection And Looking At A Solution

Nobody is quite sure what exactly the connection is between acid reflux and asthma. The two seem to be closely related when you look at some of the statistics. For example we now know that about 75% of people with asthma also have problems with acid reflux disease. It seems that if a person has asthma, the chances are that he or she is twice as likely to suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Once we study the effects of acid reflux disease on the breathing apparatus of a person, we can see that there is probably a strong cause and effect. We know that the reflux of the stomach acid can caused irritation and even damage permanently the throat lining. That will set off a reaction of coughing and that will in turn worsen the asthma condition which is very sensitive to any interference in the airways.

But we must also consider the asthma drugs and how this can impact the whole digestive system and even worsen the GERD symptoms. There is a wide variety of medications for asthma available such as inhalers containing the beta2.agonists and of course the corticosteroids and also other steroid elements. For example these long term control drugs used often cause irritation in the throat lining and the person may be quite hoarse.

This also happens in GERD so this is really a double whammy . Then there is sometimes, vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea as well which again will make the acid reflux symptoms even worse.

Sometimes there is a nerve reflex reaction in asthma patients when stomach acid reaches the throat lining and this causes a spasm or persistent coughing, due to a constriction in the airways. This may explain why asthma patients who suffer from acid reflux actually improve once they get the GERD under control.

Other studies show that acid reflux and asthma may simply be linked because of the damage done to the immune system so that GERD may lead to asthma.

In any case, whatever the acid reflux and asthma link is, we know that there are various ways that the GERD can be controlled and even cured once we adopt a holistic approach. Diet, lifestyle, gentle exercise and sleeping with a raised bed head can all have a positive impact on acid reflux disease. This means that we do not have to rely on medications alone which can cause considerable problems down the road.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Probiotics, Acid Reflux - Which One Wins?
Do you think the term probiotics acid reflux is a contradictory term? It is because probiotics is a good thing for your body while acid reflux is not. What happens when they happen together and what can be done to resolve any symptoms that the individual may experience? We know…
By: Eric Cooper in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Dec 12, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Acid Reflux, what it is and what can be done about it
Acid reflux is a painful condition, as anyone who suffers from it will tell you. This article will tell you about the causes of this condition as well as telling you about steps you can take to combat it. Finally, I suggest where you can go to find out about…
By: David Wiseman in  Health and Fitness  >  Heartburn and Acid Reflux   Feb 03, 2011  
1
  Likes: 1

Food Allergy Cure - What You Don't Know
Many people have food allergies and many people don't know it but it's killing them. Food allergies are becoming more and more prevalent in today's world. Nearly everywhere you look you can see signs in windows at bakeries, pizzerias, and any other kind of restaurant offering gluten free crusts, or…
By: Trevor4 in  Health and Fitness  >  Allergies   Aug 02, 2012  
0
  Likes: 4

Acid Reflux And Pregnancy Questions And Answers
Many mothers to be ask about acid reflux and pregnancy questions because it is a troublesome problem and there are no easy answers. There are a lot of hormonal changes going on in the body of a pregnant woman. One of these is that the muscles begin to relax in…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Womens Issues   Nov 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Natural Treatment for Gerd
The best natural treatment for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux), consists of making some simple changes to your eating and lifestyle habits. If you are suffering from acid reflux, it is recommended that you treat your condition by cutting out certain foods that are known to…
By: Erik Mueller in  Health and Fitness  >  Heartburn and Acid Reflux   May 25, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Acid Reflux (gerd) Symptoms
Acid Reflux is known to be a chronic metabolic disorder that affects approximately 5% of the world’s population. This disease is also known as GERD or gastroesophogeal reflux disease. Both the term Acid Reflux and GERD refer to same malady.Acid reflux occurs when food is not properly digested and changes…
By: N.A. Peery  in  Health and Fitness  >  Heartburn and Acid Reflux   Nov 15, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Acid Reflux Disease Causes –getting To the Root Of The Problem
When we look at acid reflux disease causes, we have to understand various mechanisms that are in action when we eat and digest our food. In this article I want to outline what these are so that we can understand what is going on and also learn what to do…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Heartburn and Acid Reflux   Nov 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

What is Hoarseness Of Voice And Its Treatment?
What is hoarseness? Hoarseness is a general term which describes some abnormal changes in the voice. When hoarse, your voice may sound breathy, strained, raspy or may be some changes in loud or pitch. These changes in voice are usually disorders in the vocal folds which are parts of your…
By: Diana Yampolsky. in  Health and Fitness  >  Heartburn and Acid Reflux   Mar 15, 2016  
1
  Likes: 0

Acid reflux - natural cures that work
Acid reflux is a painful condition, but taking drugs to combat its effects may not be the best answer. Find out about some of the drawbacks of taking drugs and take a look at some herbal remedies that do help fight acid relux.
By: David Wiseman in  Health and Fitness  >  Heartburn and Acid Reflux   Feb 04, 2011  
1
  Likes: 4

Ayurvedic Remedy for Heart Burn And Acid Stomach
Although there ae several rather strong medications on the market for heartburn and acid stomach, these conditions are usually quite easy to control with the following natural ayurvedic home emedies. Aloe vera gel : Take 2 tablespoon of alew vera gel with a pinch of baking soda. This will have…
By: monu in  Health and Fitness  >  Heartburn and Acid Reflux   Jun 24, 2011  
0
  Likes: 5

The GI System And the Alternative
Let's now look at the Complementary and Alternative Medicine digestion approach. The GI or Gastrointestinal tract, is a tube of about twenty five to thirty feet long. It consists of the mouth or oral cavity, pharynx / throat, esophagus / food pipe, in the upper body from the mouth to…
By: Osteosport in  Health and Fitness  >  Heartburn and Acid Reflux   Jun 30, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Heartburn Side Effects And What You Can Do About Them
One of the most worrying heartburn side effects is the pain in your chest which leads many people to believe that they are suffering from angina or that they are having a heart attack. Well, the symptoms are similar so sometimes it is well worth having a check up, just…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Heartburn and Acid Reflux   Nov 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1433    Report this Article