Do you have Acid Reflux, Acid Reflux Disease or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease? Or is it Heartburn or Indigestion? Is there a difference? When it comes to discussing the digestive system, the lingo can be very confusing.
With all of the information on the internet and an entire aisle in the store devoted to digestive conditions, it may seem easy to self diagnose and self treat reflux symptoms. The bottom line is your first stop is the doctor’s office for a diagnosis and treatment plan . If you have frequent symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion, burning, throat pain, difficulty swallowing and irritation to your esophagus, the doctor may diagnose G astro e sophageal R eflux D isease or GERD.
The drug manufacturers and the popular press have coined the term Acid Reflux or Acid Reflux Disease to describe Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. So the term Acid Reflux Disease is another way of saying you have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Your doctor will most likely ...
Chronic cough, defined as a cough that lasts for more than eight weeks, affects about one in five people. Some studies that suggest there is a relationship between acid reflux and chronic cough. When patients who had a chronic cough were studied, it was clear that sometimes, acid reflux episodes increased their coughing (Kahrilas et al., 2013). While this research shows that chronic coughing may be related to reflux, there can be many different reasons (not just acid reflux) why someone would have a chronic cough.
Diagnosing a Reflux Related Chronic Cough
Coughing is an automatic reflex of the respiratory tract that your body uses to clear your upper airways. Besides acid reflux, a chronic cough could be caused by exposure to cigarette smoke, environmental pollution, asthma, bronchitis, or allergies just to name a few. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common causes of chronic cough (Irwin, 2006).
Understanding the connection of coughing to reflux...
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