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I have heartburn; can it worsen asthma?

I have heartburn; can it worsen asthma?

Yes: Gastric esophageal reflux disease (gerd) can worsen asthma by either stimulation of the vagus nerve or micro aspiration. Your asthma may be better controlled if your gerd is aggressively treated. See your doctor for this treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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After an asthma attack, i appear to have a severe headache that lasts a day. What should I do? Also, have noticed an increase in heartburn occurrences as well. What should I do? Are these normal?

After an asthma attack, i appear to have a severe headache that lasts a day. What should I do? Also, have noticed an increase in heartburn occurrences as well. What should I do? Are these normal?

See your physician: Heartburn in asthma patients may be due to higher than normal acid reflux from the stomach and/or taking Prednisone for asthma attacks. Some people develop migraines along with allergy; if your asthma attacks are associated with exposure to allergens, that may explain it. Another explanation, that nasal allergy worsens along with your asthma and causes headache, see a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for gerd? I don't have heartburn but I have constant post nasal drip symptoms & asthma. Which medications should I take?

What is the best treatment for gerd? I don't have heartburn but I have constant post nasal drip symptoms & asthma. Which medications should I take?

GERD: Gerd and laryngopharnygeal reflux can be a significant trigger for asthma, see a specialist (allergist) familiar with both lpr and asthma if you pcp does not seem to understand this association or recommend appropriate or effective management. ...Read more

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Can i get an anxiety, panic attacks and asthma from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Can i get an anxiety, panic attacks and asthma from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Panic ; Anxiety: I agree with dr. Burns that asthma can certainly develop secondary to gerd. However, physical sensations can be especially alarming to people who are prone to anxiety. This does not mean that gerd "causes" the anxiety or panic attacks -- your system is just extremely fine-tuned to physical sensation. This triggers your oversensitive system to react with anxiety. Cbt can help anxiety a lot! ...Read more

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Off/on feel indigestion in back & where I swallow. Can my asthma cause these symptoms since I'm coughing a little. Extreme anxiety, no fever,Heart ok.

Off/on feel indigestion in back & where I swallow. Can my asthma cause these symptoms since I'm coughing a little. Extreme anxiety, no fever,Heart ok.

Possibly related: It is possible that the reflux can be so severe that it spills over into the lungs and triggers coughing or an asthma attack. So...it is the indigestion that triggers the asthma, not the reverse. This can certainly lead to anxiety!!! Have you ever had an upper endoscopy to evaluate the indigestions? See your doctor. You may need this done. ...Read more

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Can indigestion/acid reflux cause chest tightness & feeling like I cant take a deep breath? Peak flow normal not DX w asthma had normal EKG/stethoscop

Can indigestion/acid reflux cause chest tightness & feeling like I cant take a deep breath? Peak flow normal not DX w asthma had normal EKG/stethoscop

Very much so: I can tell you from both a professional and personal standpoint that acid reflux can be and is responsible for chest tightness, a sensation that a satisfying breath cannot be taken and is a very under diagnosed cause of cough and even sinus disease. It is very commonly mistaken for a heart attack or asthma and can significantly interfere with sleep and voice quality if acid hits vocal cords. ...Read more

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I'm asthmatic. I'm taking singulair (montelukast) and Seretide for treatment. when I stop using Singulair (montelukast) for 2-3 days I get heartburn and difficulty in swallowing?

I'm asthmatic. I'm taking singulair (montelukast) and Seretide for treatment. when I stop using Singulair (montelukast) for 2-3 days I get heartburn and difficulty in swallowing?

?: Kind of strange, would be because-of, not the opposite, at any rate, keep using it if no other side effects, and tell your doctor about it ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more


Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen) during or right after a meal. It may present as a feeling of uncomfortable ...Read more