Many cases of asthma do not present with the typical recognizable symptoms. So you may not initially think asthma. You might think you have allergies or some other exposure to a substance or product in the environment, at home or in the work place, that’s instigating symptoms. You may also not think it’s asthma because the symptoms present at peculiar times and you don’t respond to traditional asthma therapy when it’s dispensed. You or your doctor, in that case, may even decide to increase dosages or add medications, and yet, you still don’t respond. What gives?
The more you look at external causes, the farther you may get from diagnosing the real inner cause: gastric reflux. It’s probably hard to imagine that acid produced by the stomach can cause shortness of breath. The fact is that gastric reflux is one of the most common causes of chronic cough.
How Acid Reflux works
The stomach produces acid i...
When someone sneezes we usually say, “Bless you” but when you hear a bellowing cough your instincts are to run away. The suffering cougher goes unblessed and often feels isolated as people flee for cover hoping not to inhale any aerosolized infectious particles. Such defense mechanisms are not looked down upon in today’s era of germ avoidance, but what defense does the cougher have against the seemingly never ending cough?
The role and effectiveness of cough suppressants will be a topic to revisit on another day. More importantly, the cause of prolonged coughing should be identified. Let’s first discuss the difference between acute and chronic cough.
An acute cough generally goes away within three to four weeks for a child and within eight weeks for an adult. There are many causes of acute cough but the most common one is the common cold. Other causes include sinus infections, flu syndrome, other upper respiratory infections and ear i...
I have been
experiencing a lot of acid reflux of late. I think it might have something
to do with the fact that I've been smoking more lately. Is this true?
There are many reasons to not smoke, and one of the reasons is that it can
definitely cause or worsen symptoms of esophageal reflux disease . First
off, tobacco inhibits saliva, which is a significant buffer that the body
has against acid. Secondly, studies have shown that tobacco can stimulate
the production of stomach acid production. Lastly, and most significantly,
tobacco causes a relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter muscle,
thereby allowing acid reflux from the stomach to the esophagus to occur.
I wake up
every morning coughing. I have been to my internal medicine doctor, an ear
nose and throat doctor and pulmonologist and have not gotten better. A
friend told me that they had a cough that was related to reflux. How can I
tell if that is the ca...
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