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...
This is part 2 of a 3-part series on Acid Reflux. See Part I: Your Baby and Acid Reflux See Part III: Acid Reflux in Adults Going to School My daughter's gastroenterologist used to write a note on the prescription pad for school each year. It said simply, "Rebecca needs to have access to snacks, drinks and the bathroom as needed during school to manage her GERD." I met with her new teacher and the school nurse each fall to develop a plan for managing acid reflux at school for the year. Rebecca was able to attend school, manage her acid reflux and concentrate on learning rather than a painful stomachache. Kids and teens may face special challenges managing GERD at school. There are long lines in the cafeteria and little time to eat. Eating with 300 teenagers is hardly the atmosphere to chew slowly and carefully. Limited access to the bathroom and the nurse for medication may get in the way of the treatment plan as well. Parents may need to meet with 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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