Heartburn and Asthma

There seems to be a link between adults with asthma and GERD, a disease associated with frequent acid reflux and heartburn.

It’s estimated that 75% of people with asthma also suffer from GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Also, people who have asthma are twice as likely to have GERD as people who don’t have asthma. But does GERD cause asthma, or does asthma cause GERD?

It’s difficult to know which condition leads to the other. GERD can aggravate existing asthma, but treating GERD often helps reduce the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms in adults. There are a few signs that your asthma may be caused by GERD.

3 Signs that your asthma is caused by GERD:

1. You started displaying signs of asthma as an adult.

2. Your asthma symptoms get worse after a meal or exercise, or are more severe at night or when lying down.

3. Your asthma doesn’t respond to the standard asthma treatments.

How can GERD cause asthma?

One reason that GERD may lead to asthma is because acid reflux causes damage to the lining of the esophagus. This kind of damage can make inhalation difficult and painful and cause persistent coughing.

If you’re suffering from heartburn or other symptoms of acid reflux more than twice a week and are having problems with asthma, you should talk to your doctor about treatment options for GERD.

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