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...
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.  ...
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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