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Symptoms of acid reflux? What causes acid reflux?

Symptoms of acid reflux? What causes acid reflux?

Acid reflux: the lower part of the esophagus has a sphincter that prevent the content of the stomach to go back up to it; when this sphincter does not work properly acid reflux occur. Greasy food, coffee, tomatoes, soft drinks, spicy food may cause acid reflux, the symptoms may include burning chest pain, cough specially at night, regurgitation etc... ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Not really.: Ibs causes abd distention, bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhea like symptoms. Your symptoms sound typical of reflux disease. Avoid spicy food, chocolates, coffee, eat small meals, and take anti ulcer meds. Reflux symptoms could be from a hiatal hernia as well which is diagnosed by either an upper GI contrast study or egd. Follow up with a GI doc if symp not goinng away. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause worsening of asthma symptoms?

Can acid reflux cause worsening of asthma symptoms?

Oh yes...: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid ; pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance ph testing with a symptom diary can best characterize this. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause acid reflux symptoms to worsen?

Can constipation cause acid reflux symptoms to worsen?

Possibly: Slow gastric emptying is associated with constipation. Slow gastric emptying is associated with gastroesophageal reflux. Omeprazole (prilosec) or proton pump inhibitor helps control acid but does not affect gastric emptying. Constipation can also increase abdominal pressure and in turn reflux. Side effect of Omeprazole also is constipation. ...Read more

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Symptoms of an acid reflux?

Symptoms of an acid reflux?

Heartburn: Commonly known as heartburn, acid reflux can cause burning in the esophagus and a sour tasted in the back of the throat. If left untreated it can cause scarring of the esophagus. ...Read more

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Are acid reflux and diarrhea related?

Are acid reflux and diarrhea related?

Not usually.: Although both maladies affect the digestive tract, they are usually not related. Since they are both fairly common, it is possible that you could have both problems happening at once. They probably are not related though. If either are out of control, see your doctor or your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Stomach acid reflux and nausea cause from high anxiety?

Chicken or egg?: Could be, however in some cases reflux may trigger anxiety. See your doctor to be sure you get proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause asthma like symptoms in toddlers?

Can acid reflux cause asthma like symptoms in toddlers?

Yes, but....: Asthma and reflux can often present together but often are confused for one another because both can cause chronic cough and wheeze. Both are serious medical conditions that should be taken care of and followed by a physician. Please have toddler checked by pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is heartburn and acid reflux a common sign or symptoms of hiv?

Is heartburn and acid reflux a common sign or symptoms of hiv?

Not related: HIV does not present with acid reflux or heartburn. The acute signs of HIV conversion are usually fatigue, fever, lumps (enlarged lymph nodes), malaise, and sometimes rash. The bottom line HIV and acid reflux are not related. If you think you have been exposed to HIV please get tested for it as well as other sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Causes and prevention of acid reflux?

Food: Most reflux issues are due to diet. Don't eat foods that you expect to cause heartburn. This may seem like common sense advice but needs to be said. If you continue to have symptoms however, you should be evaluated for a short course of medication and possible even a stomach scope (egd) to rule out ulcers and damage to the stomach and esophagus. ...Read more

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Does malnutrition cause acid reflux symptoms?

Does malnutrition cause acid reflux symptoms?

Gerd: Malnutrition in and of itself doesn't cause GERD, but causes include an incompetent gastroesophageal sphincter as well as substances like caffeine,fatty foods,chocolate,abdominal obesity,some medications and spices. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux or GERD also cause rectal discomfort?

Can acid reflux or GERD also cause rectal discomfort?

No: While the mouth is ultimately connected to the anys, there is no mechanism for gerd to cause discomfort at the off ramp. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause shortness of breath?

Can acid reflux cause shortness of breath?

Yes: You could aspirate the gastric contents and can cause asthma and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What are the most severe symptoms of acid reflux or gerd?

What are the most severe symptoms of acid reflux or gerd?

Problems : The most severe symptoms of GERD would be pneumonia from reflux going in to the lungs, or massive bleeding from severe esophageal ulceration. Over the longer term, a stricture of the esophagus or the development of esophageal cancer are also quite bad. Fortunately, these are all uncommon. Unfortunately, they are not predictable for an individual. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can GERD (acid reflex issues) affect and cause asthma related symptoms?

Can GERD (acid reflex issues) affect and cause asthma related symptoms?

Yes...: It has been shown that gerd can increase airway bronchospasm thus leading to asthma symptoms. Therefore, if gerd is present in an asthmatic, it should be treated to reduce the likelihood of asthma sxs/exacerbation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acid reflux/esophageal reflux?

What are the symptoms of acid reflux/esophageal reflux?

Many: Usually it is burning in your stomach area, although other symptoms can be bad breath, cavities (or damage to your teeth), hoarseness, belching, etc. ...Read more

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Could acid reflux cause coughing and asthma attacks?

Could acid reflux cause coughing and asthma attacks?

Yes: one of the important causes of poor control of asthma could be uncontrolled reflux ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

Burning pain or irritation in the upper stomach or lower chest. May be worse on lying down, and is ...Read more