Acid Reflux Can Be Associated With Asthma
Acidic Food Matter Can Return To The Oral Cavity, Causing Bad Breath, And To The Throat, Leading To Respiratory Issues
Acid reflux occurs when the acidic food matter from the stomach returns to the esophagus. This causes a painful sensation in the chest, called heartburn. This condition is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. In some cases, the food matter reaches the throat and the mouth, which results in bad breath and tooth decay. However, the acid can also be in contact with the airway, causing them to swell, resulting in shortness of breath, constant coughing, and it can even affect the vocal cords, resulting in a hoarse voice. This increases the risk of respiratory conditions, such as asthma. However, a recent study showed that there be a bidirectional relationship, in which people with asthma have a greater risk of developing GERD, and people with GERD have a high probability to develop asthma. In this case, treating the acid reflux and the GERD reduced the asthma symptoms. One of the consequences of an asthma attack is a tightening of the airways, causing pressure on the esophagus, resulting in a regurgitation of the food matter. Also, GERD symptoms, such as burping and shortness of breath, could be a sign of asthma. More Information click here.