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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 sores usually go away in 10 to 14 days, even if you don't do anything. They sometimes last up to 6 weeks. The following steps can make you feel better:
Avoid hot beverages and foods, spicy and salty foods, and citrus.
Gargle with cool water or eat popsicles. This is helpful if you have a mouth burn.
Take pain relievers like acetaminophen.
For canker sores:
Rinse with salt water.
Apply a thin paste of baking soda and water.
Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 1 part water and apply this mixture to the sores using a cotton swab.
For more severe cases, treatments include fluocinonide gel (Lidex), anti-inflammatory amlexanox paste (Aphthasol), or chlorhexidine gluconate (Peridex) mouthwash.
Nonprescription medications, such as Orabase, can protect a sore inside the lip and on the gums. Blistex or Campho-Phenique may provide some relief of canker sores and fever blister...
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