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...
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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