Can Stomach Acid Cause A Cough?

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Hello I am Eriyan, I want to ask .. It’s been a month I have a dry cough and sometimes phlegm but it comes out and besides that several times a month I have had an increase in stomach acid because at that time my eating schedule was messy because I was busy and finally got acid my stomach caused a fever. And when I cough my head feels heavy and immediately dizzy, do you think this is really the connection between coughing and stomach acid?

1 Answer:

Hi Eriyan,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

True, reflux (back flow) of stomach acid, as occurs in people with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) can trigger coughing. As the name suggests, stomach acid is very acidic. Reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus can trigger irritation. This irritation can cause the esophagus to become inflamed, swell up, and produce excess mucus. This buildup of mucus can trigger a cough reflex. Not only that, this irritation will also make sufferers feel the sensation of itching, tightness, heat, burning, burning, propping, and other uncomfortable sensations, which can be felt from the upper abdomen, chest, to the throat. In more severe conditions, sufferers can also experience severe vomiting, heart palpitations, so that they cannot carry out normal activities as usual.


Not only GERD, coughing can also occur due to other diseases related to increased stomach acid production, increased sensitivity of the digestive tract to stomach acid, and gastric motility disorders, including gastritis, gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers, gastric cancer, and so on.


Apart from stomach acid, coughing can also occur due to a variety of other factors, such as allergies, irritation or respiratory infections, malignancy around the throat or respiratory tract, aspiration (choking on substances other than air into the respiratory tract), congestive heart failure, side effects of drugs , excessive straining of the throat muscles, impaired immunity, and so on. A very violent cough can cause excessive contractions of the head, neck and shoulder muscles, which can lead to dizziness and headaches. If the cough appears accompanied by fever, it is possible that your complaint has something to do with an infection. Although it is possible that there are other factors that trigger it.


We recommend that, considering your complaint has occurred for up to 1 month, you should check your complaint directly to the doctor. If based on the examination it is suspected that your complaint arises due to GERD, the doctor will generally give you several drugs to neutralize as well as suppress stomach acid production. , and also lining the walls of the esophagus and hair so that they do not experience prolonged irritation. In this way, the cough will generally get better on its own. However, if another cause is suspected, then you can also be referred to an internal medicine specialist for a more in-depth examination, including through blood tests, X-rays, endoscopy, ultrasound, and so on.


In the meantime, try the following tips first:

Get used to eat more regularly, even though you are busy
Eating small portions but often is better (than eating lots but rarely)
Do not take drugs carelessly
Stay away from stress and excessive fatigue
First reduce the consumption of sour, spicy and fatty foods when complaints arise
Exercise regularly
Maintain ideal body weight, not too fat
Wear comfortable clothes, stay away from tight clothes
Get more rest
Relax and meditate more often
Use a nose and mouth mask when coughing excessively

Hope it helps ..

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