Recently there have been a lot of questions posted about the “less common” symptoms of reflux such as chronic cough. It seems as though when people think of reflux they think of the symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, gas and chest pain. But, there are a lot of other symptoms that we don’t think of as reflux and chronic cough is one of them.
Why does reflux cause a chronic cough? The research has shown that when the acid comes up in the throat the esophagus can become inflamed. For some, that inflammation is going to show as pain/heartburn but for others, the body is going to respond to the irritation with a cough. The body doesn’t know what is causing the irritation and it goes about trying to rid itself of this irritation.
Another possibility is that in addition to the irritation in the esophagus, throat and nasal passages, the sinuses can also become inflamed. When this happens, the sinuses may react by producing mucous. The mucous can then ...
Acid Reflux from Infancy to Adulthood III: Adults This is part 3 of a 3-part series on Acid Reflux. See Part I: Your Baby and Acid Reflux See Part II: Children and Teens GER vs. GERD Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) is a normal physiological event characterized by the sensation of food coming up the esophagus in the form of a wet burp. Many adults have GER after eating a large meal, drinking a carbonated beverage or eating too fast. GER symptoms may include: o Sour taste in the mouth after a meal o Sensation of food coming up the throat o Burping o Belching o Fullness, bloating On the other hand, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the abnormal backwashing of stomach contents and acid into the esophagus causing complications. GERD may cause esophagitis (irritation to the delicate lining of the esophagus), ulcers and respiratory issues. GERD symptoms may include the symptoms of GER plus: o Heartburn/chest pain
Gastroesophageal reflux is the passage of gastric contents into the esophagus. When this reflux of contents causes symptoms or damage to the lining of the esophagus, this is known as GERD. Various factors work together to cause GERD, including the condition of the muscle sphincter at the lower esophagus, presence of a hiatal hernia, the ability of acidic contents to pass through the esophagus, and decreased flow of saliva. GERD can result in typical symptoms, including heartburn or regurgitation (i.e. the reflux of gastric contents into the mouth). However, GERD can cause less common, unusual symptoms that are not typically associated with reflux.
Typically, the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus causes a burning sensation up the chest known as heartburn. This sensation can occasionally become severe and long lasting, mimicking the chest pain associated with a heart attack. It is important that if you experience severe chest ...
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