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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Gail Huntington, Community Member, asks

Q: Can acid reflux bring on cold like symptoms, with cough and phelgm?

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Stephanie, Health Guide
11/18/10 5:02pm

Yes, this was my main symptom for years before the "classic" symptoms kicked in. I had a chronic cough and frequent bronchitis.

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Gail Huntington, Community Member
11/18/10 5:52pm

I had a real bad night of acid reflux one night(up 2 hours) then the next day my sinuses were congested and by the following day I had what felt like a full fledge cold. Coughing up phlegm, sore throat and blowing my nose all the time. I am on day 5 and still coughing with chest congestion.  Is this what you experienced?

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Stephanie, Health Guide
11/18/10 7:40pm

The hard thing is that it's also cold and flu season. That makes it much harder to know if the symptoms are due to reflux or due to a cold or if a reflux night made you more susceptible to the cold germs. For me, I didn't actually realize my frequent bronchitis and laryngitis were due to reflux until after I got the typical reflux symptoms and started meds for that. I then realized that after three bad cases of laryngitis in one year the next year on meds I didn't get it at all.

 

But, yes, my symptoms were very similar to yours. Congestion, coughing and very prolonged coughing after my cold should've been gone.

 

Stephanie

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NC, Community Member
11/18/10 5:23pm

I am new to this condition with coughs. The last few days I have frequent coughs after a bad cold. I also got funny asthma for a short moment at night 3 days ago. So I am taking nexium again to make sure the acid goes away. Since I had bad cold, the cough and phelgm seem to mix with heartburn now. I think I had too much acid food also. All factors combined, I have heartburn again! (I had one in May and the doctor prescribed nexium.)

But I think a real bad cold is still very different because I got running nose and bad throat and lots of real phelgm. It is just that it is mixed with heartburn when the real cold is getting better. I take asthma inhaler anyway due to my chest congestion problem (because of my anatomy condition,) so I inhaled the drug when I had that short asthma - it didn't feel good! Felt like choking.... Drinking water or tums helped.

 

Regards,
Nina

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Gail Huntington, Community Member
11/18/10 7:58pm

Thanks for your quick response.  One more question, I have given up coffee but have been reading about low acid coffee, have you ever tried that?

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NC, Community Member
11/18/10 8:18pm

I just found out about my heart condition in May so I am still in trying. For now, coffee is not good for me. In fact, I think I got heartburn just because I drank one cup of coffee the other day... I try to buy low-acid apple juice. Somehow I forgot about no acid food in the fall for other health concerns, so I had too much acid suich as salad dressing or too much sour food, and coffee!! Maybe you can try low-acid coffee. Try de-caffeine coffee also.

 

Good luck,
Nina

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By Gail Huntington, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 11/16/10