You wouldn't think there'd be a link between the stomach and asthma, yet even as far back as the 1970s asthma experts noticed a connection between asthma and gastrointestinal reflux (GERD).
What is GERD?
GERD is a condition where acid from the stomach works its way back up the esophagus. If this condition is left untreated long term, it can eventually lead to esophageal ulcers, esophageal cancer and even lung damage that can cause asthma.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ( AAAAI.org ), a sphincter at the bottom of your esophagus remains closed while food is being digested to prevent backwash. "However, sometimes it relaxes on the job, allowing stomach acid to flow back, or reflux, into the esophagus."
Studies, the AAAAI notes, show that as many as 70 percent of asthmatics have GERD, the same percentage of asthmatics estimated to have allergies. This is a significant percentage, especially when...
Signs and symptoms of Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) may include one or several of the following: PAIN: Irritability, constant or sudden crying, “colic”, back arching, abdominal pain, chest pain, heartburn, burning sensation in the esophagus. Rare: pain migrating to the shoulder/shoulder blade. VOMITING: Frequent spitting up or vomiting, frequent wet/sour burps, wet hiccups, Silent reflux: food coming part way up more than an hour after eating, spitting up-after six months of age. Rare: projectile vomiting, forceful vomiting through the nose and mouth. EATING: Extreme pickiness about foods or textures, food intolerances, refusing food, eating only a few bites despite hunger, Dream Feeding: eating only when sleepy or asleep, gagging, choking, poor weight gain, weight loss. Rare: excessive weight gain from constant feeding and comfort feeding.) RESPIRATORY: Constant runny nose, stuffy nose, frequent upper respiratory infectio...
Heartburn, also known as gastric reflux or indigestion, happens after you eat and food is in your stomach. In the stomach, food is broken down by acids. Usually these acids stay in your stomach because a valve blocks the acids from going up the esophagus. Sometimes this valve doesn't work properly because the muscle weakens. When this happens, gastric acids can travel up the esophagus and cause a burning sensation -- this is heartburn. When these acids travel up into the mouth and then down into the lungs, they can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Symptoms of heartburn and GERD include:
irritating burning sensation in the chest or throat
middle back pain
bitter, acidic taste in the mouth
an increase in the burning sensation while lying down
Breast cancer treatments that can cause heartburn and GERD are:
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
Bisphosphonates, medicines that are used to protect bones during breast cancer treat...
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