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...
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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The mucous in your lungs provides protection by stopping unwanted particles and trapping them before they get too deep in your lungs. Lining the airways (the breathing tubes, bronchi and bronchioles) is a thin layer of mucous called the “mucous blanket.” Just underneath this mucous blanket are cilia, millions of tiny little hair-like structures. The cilia move like a wave to help propel the mucous – carrying trapped dust, b...
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