Have Asthma? You May also Have Reflux

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This information has been reviewed and approved by Jeffrey King, MD, and Ann Mullen, RN, CNS, AE-C, CDE  (April 2018)

 

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Asthma & Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

 

70% of all people with asthma also have GERD

  • EATING
  • Heartburn
  • Burping
  • Sour Taste
  • Shortness of Breath

Stomach contents flow back into the esophagus and may cause heartburn, burping or a sour taste in the mouth, or no symptoms (silent reflux).

Stomach contents can irritate the lining of the throat, airways and lungs.

GERD can make asthma symptoms worse.

Asthma and some asthma medications may aggravate GERD symptoms.

Treating GERD can improve asthma symptoms.

 

Asthma May be Related to GERD When:

  • Asthma symptoms follow a large meal
  • Asthma symptoms are worse during sleep
  • You are regularly hoarse
  • You cough frequently
  • Asthma does not respond to asthma medications
  • Your asthma is not well controlled
 

Tips for Managing Asthma and GERD

Do:
  • Eat small, more frequent meals.
  • Limit citrus, tomato products, strong spices, caffeine, carbonated drinks, fatty foods, chocolate, mint, and alcohol.
  • Elevate the head of your bed a few inches or use a wedge-shaped pillow.
  • Maintain a reasonable weight.
  • Relax and manage stress.
  • Take asthma medications consistently.
  • Control exposure to asthma triggers.
Don't:
  • Eat two to three hours before bedtime.
  • Wear belts or clothes that are tight fitting around the waist.
  • Smoke.
 

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