Almost everyone has bad breath, (a.k.a. halitosis) once in awhile. In fact, about 25 percent of people report they have bad breath and while conditions of the mouth are responsible for most cases, there is clear evidence for an association between bad breath and acid reflux disease (Sturch, et al., 2007). Some even say that bad breath is a frequent symptom of GERD (Moshkowitz, 2007).
The way to find out if you have bad breath as a result of acid reflux disease, is to discuss your condition with both your dentist and your primary care provider. Your dentist will help you to rule out any dental disease and your primary care provider will either be able to help you confirm your suspension of acid reflux disease or send you to a gastroenterologist who will be able to help you. If it is confirmed that you have acid reflux disease, you may be asked to modify your diet and/or be put on acid reflux medication. Both of these treatments may take a week or two to improve your reflux.  ...
In this entry, I would like to discuss the connection between acid indigestion/ acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) and asthma . This is an area of active interest in the asthma community for both patients and clinicians, particularly in patients with more difficult to control asthma. How can acid reflux cause wheeze? We have all drank something too fast and had it "go down the wrong pipe," leading to cough and a brief choking sensation. Fortunately, our bodies have very effective mechanisms of keeping things we are trying to swallow from going into our lungs. This is due to the fact that the area around the vocal cords, the "doorway" to the windpipe and lungs, is extremely sensitive to stimulation by anything other than air, such as liquid or food. When this happens, we have a brisk cough reflex, which clears anything that is "getting too close" to the lungs. This reflex, which connects the back of the throat to t...
Mouth and throat sores, also called mucositis, look like ulcers and can be red and swollen. Pain from these sores can affect your ability to eat, drink, chew, swallow, and talk. If your immune system is suppressed, you may be more likely to get an oral yeast infection. Oral yeast infections can cause mouth and throat sores and can make any sores you have worse. An oral yeast infection looks like you have a coating of cottage cheese inside your mouth.
Some breast cancer treatments may cause mouth and throat sores:
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab)
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatanib)
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab)
Managing mouth and throat sores
Avoid spicy, hot, or acidic foods and drinks -- they can further irritate your condition.
Try cold milk products to help soothe the painful areas.
Eat cold sour cream before meals to coat your mouth and throat and ease discomfort.
Frequently rinse your mouth with salt water or...
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