Link Between Asthma And Acid Reflux

asthma2Acid reflux is more common in people who have asthma than in the general population.

In general population, rates of asthma are about 10 to 20 percent. Among asthma sufferers, the rate climbs to more than 50 percent.

In the past, doctors have treated asthma patients with medications designed to treat acid reflux by reducing stomach acid, hoping this would lead to fewer asthma attacks. Research did not find that the medications made any difference in the number of asthma attacks.

So if you are taking an acid reflux medication only for asthma, talk to your doctor about discontinuing it.

To help control acid reflux, you should avoid foods and beverages which make your acid reflux symptoms worse. For many people this includes spicy foods, fatty foods, and beverages with caffeine. Coffee and orange juices are common offenders.

Keep things loose around your stomach by wearing clothes that do not put pressure on you. Maintain a healthy weight, and do not lie down immediately after eating. Smaller, more frequent meals may be more easily tolerated than full size meals. Avoid eating before bedtime.

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