Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma GERD

Asthma and GastroEsophageal Reflux Disorder Or – GERD

(Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is defined as chronic symptoms or mucosal damage produced by the abnormal reflux of stomach acid to the esophagus. A typical symptom is heartburn).

When one have asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) together, treating your GERD may lead to better asthma control. There are few of things you can do before taking medication to try and get your GERD under control to improve your asthma. 

Try any of the following below before proceeding further with something else to decrease your acid reflux symptoms:-

  1. Don’t eat before sleeping – By eliminating eating and drinking 3 hours before going to sleep or lying down, you minimize the risk of food in the stomach that can re flux(condition that occurs when gastric juices or small amounts of food from the stomach flow back into the esophagus and mouth) and worsen your asthma symptoms.
  2. Eat less food every meals. Overeating is one of the causes of GERD, and eating less may decrease the risk of GERD.
  3. Raising the head. By raising the head of your bed by 6 inches, gravity will keep what is in your stomach near the bottom, making acid reflux less likely.
  4. Losing weight. Obesity increases your risk of worsening GERD and asthma. All those extra pounds increase pressure in your belly and make acid re flux worse.
  5. Selecting what you eat. If your asthma and GERD symptoms occur after eating a high fat meal or other foods known to increase acid reflux (such as alcohol, chocolate, or caffeine), you may need to reduce your intake of these foods.
  6. Avoid carbonated drinks. All carbonated drinks increase your risk of GERD.
  7. Quit smoking. Smoking can make your asthma and GERD worse. Not only is smoking a direct irritant to your lungs, but smoking also increases acid reflux. 
  8. Loosen your belt or garment.Tight garments or belts increase the pressure in your abdomen and can worsen acid reflux. 
If any of the above lifestyle changes does not work for your asthma and GERD, over-the counter medications may be the subsequent step. 

Some commonly known brands include:-

  1. Acid 
  2. Pepcid AC
  3. Prilosec OTC
  4. Tagamet
  5. Zantac
Under all circumstances if your symptoms persist or if you are concerned about your asthma and GERD, make sure to consult your medical care professional.

The above information are provided by https://whatasthmais.com are not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. 

Please consult your Doctor or health care provider for advice about your specific Asthma medical condition.