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is there connection between gerd and asthma?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Gerd and asthma frequently go hand in hand. Gerd can result in asthma and in turn, asthma can be associated with developing gerd. There are nerve endings in the esophagus (swallowing tube) when irritated by stomach acid which can trigger arthma.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Yes....: The presence of gerd can worsen asthma symptoms and it can be a cause of chronic cough. So, asthmatics should be screened for gerd symptoms and treated if it is suspected.

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