The Relationship Between Asthma and Acid Reflux
The environment that people live in today's world is very
much different from the environment hundreds of years ago.
At present, you can see many places being abused by man,
and pollution is just about everywhere.
Perhaps it is due to this polluted environment that many
people get sick. Although one may not like it, the
possibility of getting sick is sometimes unavoidable.
One of the many conditions that man suffers from is asthma.
Asthma is a well-known disease which is characterized by
breathing difficulties, with symptoms like wheezy
breathlessness, airflow resistance, and occurrence of
frequent allergies, stimuli hyper responsiveness, and
Another disease related to asthma is the GERD or the
gastro-esophageal reflux disease which is popularly known
as acid reflux. You might have an acid reflux if you
experience heartburn for more than twice each week.
Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. The sensation is
caused by the stomach acids which burns the walls of the
These two diseases are said to be somewhat connected with
each other. However, there have been no conclusive studies
about this matter. What most doctors know now is that acid
reflux worsens asthma. How is this possible?
When acid reflux remains untreated, the disease would
simply get worse. The stomach acid will continue to go up
until it reaches the mouth. But before it reaches the
mouth, the lungs will be affected first.
A research showed that by putting acid into asthmatic
people's gullets it worsens their asthma. And so they
reached the conclusion that asthmatic people get GERD more
often. They further explained that this was caused by the
chest changes due to big pressure every time the person
breathes. The high pressure is said to force the stomach
liquid to travel the wrong path.
People suffering from asthma should avoid getting acid
reflux, but the sad truth is that they are the ones who are
most prone to having it.
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