Double Trouble - Asthma and GERD

If you suffer from acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), you might think that it doesn't get much worse than that. However, roughly 75% of people with asthma also have frequent heartburn. The combination of asthma and acid reflux is a definite double dose of misery. So are the two linked? The answer to the million-dollar question is that although GERD and asthma do seem to be linked, no one knows exactly why.

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Could Food Allergies Be Causing Your Heartburn?

There are six food groups that have the potential to create a variety of problems for people. These common allergenic foods include milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts/tree nuts and shellfish/fish. There are a variety of reactions to these foods, but heartburn and difficulty in swallowing are two very common ones in adults. Children are not the only ones who suffer with food allergies. We now know that food allergens play a major causative role in the majority of adults, especially those who suffer EoE, a kind of inflammation of the esophagus.

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What is Silent Reflux?

Don't they say ignorance is bliss? Well, not in this case. What you don't know could actually be killing you! You may already be familiar with acid reflux, which in itself can be quite a dangerous condition. Silent reflux takes it a step further by keeping the victim in the dark. With none of the usual outward manifestations of acid reflux (like indigestion or heartburn), silent reflux can go undetected for prolonged periods of time. The condition is also known as Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) because, in addition to the esophaghus, it also causes damage to the larynx and the pharynx - meaning your voice box and your throat.

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Is it GERD or LPR?

Who hasn't had the occasional sore throat? The resulting discomfort can range from a mild irritation to almost too sore to swallow. This common ailment can be caused by allergies, bacteria or a virus. However, did you know that acid reflux is also another reason for recurring sore throats? That's right! Even more surprising, the patient with a sore throat due to acid reflux is often completely unaware of the cause since they may not be experiencing heartburn.

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