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A 32-year-old female asked:

can a cough irritate the stomach causing it to feel raw or kick off acid reflux? i had a cough but now thats gone my stomach feels so raw

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Possibly yes.: Anything that increases your abdominal pressure, such as severe cough, can induce acid reflux into your esophagus. Try otc acid reducers such as Prilosec and, if this does not work, see a doctor for full evaluation.
Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 34 years experience
Possible: You could have nausea and upset stomach with a cold virus. Another possibility is if you've been taking much ibuprofen or other NSAIDS the could have irritated your stomach, Try Tums (calcium carbonate) or Prilosec for a few days, if still getting upset stomach see you doctor. Avoid carbonated beverages, NSAIDS, alcohol until it feels better. If NSAIDS were the problem you may not be able to take them.

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