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Can Acid Reflux Cause Wheezing
Acid reflux: The acid is an irritant to the upper airways causing constriction producing a wheeze and in response to the irritant the airways make mucous to protect and coat the airways. ...Read more
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
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
Possibly...: There is a possibility that gerd (gastroesophogeal reflux disease) could lead to weight loss if the severity of the illness was so severe that you were being malnourished as a result. If you have frequent symptoms of acid reflux despite treatment with over the counter or prescription medication you need to contact a gastroenterologist and have an exam and upper endoscopy. ...Read more
Backflow: Backflow of stomach contents (stomach acid and pepsin) into the throat and larynx can lead to inflammation and irritation. This chronic exposure can lead to an assortment of symptoms including voice change, loss of vocal range, sore throat, dry cough, foreign body sensation in the throat, throat clearing among others. Heartburn is not a frequent symptom in patients who reflux into the throat. ...Read more
No: Reflux can cause reactive pain and spasms in the head and neck. These may be interpreted as seizures but are not. In infants this can cause strange arching and head turning and breath holding. This was described by sandifer. It is important to separate these events from true seizures. An eeg recording during such an event would clarify the issue. Seizure medications may cause reflux. ...Read more
It may.: The esophagus is a fairly posterior structure within your chest cavity. Many with acid reflux will feel burning between their shoulder blades in addition to or instead of under their breast bone. If antacid or famotidine or Omeprazole quiets the back "burning", then there is your answer. ...Read more
Acid reflux can cause a bad taste, sore throat. I am not sure what you mean by a dry tongue.
I hope you are being treated for acid reflux. The acids can badly erode your teeth.
Acid reflux can be caused by sleep apnea. So
if you are tired all the time, snore, gasp for breath while sleeping, are overweight, . ...Read more
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Sure, see GI doctor: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" problem (difficulty moving food down the esophagus), "spasm", gerd (due to sphincter problems), or obstructive (webs, rings, strictures, ulcer, tumor). Best to see a gastroenterologist (gi doctor) for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Gastroenterologist: See a gastroenterologist for an evaluation and treatment. Get the right answers to your question. ...Read more
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
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