Relieving Asthma Symptoms from Heartburn

If you have asthma and GERD, it’s important that you take any asthma medication that your doctor prescribes, as well as avoid any known asthma triggers as much as possible. You should also work to address your GERD symptoms, as this can reduce your heartburn and potentially alleviate some of your asthma symptoms.

6 Steps to Controlling Asthma and GERD

Raise the head of your bed 4 to 6 inches. This will allow gravity to help keep the stomach’s contents in the stomach. You should use blocks under your mattress instead of pillows to prop yourself up, as pillows will put your body in a bent position and can aggravate your GERD symptoms.

Avoid food for 2 to 3 hours before bed. Laying down can make acid reflux worse.

Eat smaller meals. Portion control should reduce the amount of stomach acid that is in your stomach at any one time.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can cause excessive intra-abdominal pressure.

Stay away from foods that are known to cause heartburn. Limit fatty foods, chocolate, peppermint, coffee, tea, colas, and alcohol, as well as acidic items like tomatoes and citrus fruits or juices.

Give up smoking. Cigarette smoke will make your asthma symptoms worse and cause acid reflux by relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter.

If these steps and over-the-counter heartburn medication do not alleviate your GERD symptoms, you should talk to a doctor about prescription medication that may help. In rare cases, your doctor may also recommend surgery to treat your acid reflux.

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