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...
A pattern of symptoms often suggests a diagnosis or disease. Vomiting and crying after feeding are often associated with pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). On the other hand, vomiting and crying are also symptoms of some food allergies, Milk Soy Protein Intolerance (MSPI), Pyloric Stenosis and Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Vomiting and crying are also associated with an acute illness or infection such as an ear infection. While a list of common symptoms may be helpful in identifying a disease, there are many other factors to consider, too. (More information on allergies and infant GERD ). A concerned mom contacted me recently about her toddler. During infancy, her toddler was treated for GERD and struggled with feeding during the first year of life. Things were really looking up as she progressed to toddler foods and the reflux medication was no longer needed. Just recently, at 2.5 years of age, she suddenly stopped eating food and only wanted to take sips of liqu...
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) is a common condition from infancy to adulthood. However, there are significant differences in the symptoms and treatments depending on the age of the patient. This week, I am beginning a three part series on Gastroesophageal Reflux from infancy to adulthood. Note: The information in this blog is for informational purposes only. Report all symptoms to the doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Part One of a Three Part Series: Infants and Toddlers GER vs.GERD First, it is important define two separate but related conditions: Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) is a normal physiological event characterized by the sensation of food coming up the esophagus in the form of a wet burp. Infants have GER after eating a large meal, ingesting air or eating too fast. On the other hand, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the abnormal backwashing of stomach co...
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