I want to ask, how can stomach acid cause asthma, that’s how asthma is usually due to lung problems (breathing) while stomach acid is a digestive problem. so whether the treatment is the same? u003ca href = “https: // acid- diseases ” u003ehttps: // u003c / a u003e u003ca href = “https: // ” u003 acid reflux and lungs u003c / a u003e, thank you, please help me

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Hello Yuki! Thank you for asking at

Acid reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disease in which stomach acid that should remain in the stomach rises to the esophagus. The repeated increase in stomach acid in the esophagus can damage the lining of the esophagus and the tubes leading to the lungs. At the base of the esophagus in the mouth, esophagus (digestive tract) and throat (airway) are connected by the larynx. If the increased stomach acid reaches this area, it is possible for stomach acid to enter the throat, causing tightness and coughing.

Repeated exposure to stomach acid also makes the lungs more sensitive to irritants, such as dust and smoke, which can trigger asthma recurrences. Patients who did not previously have asthma will not develop asthma alone with GERD. However, patients with controlled asthma can have an acute attack of asthma in the presence of GERD. Stomach acid also triggers nerve reflexes that protect the airways. The airway becomes narrower in an attempt to prevent stomach acid from entering the airway. Narrowed airways can cause asthma symptoms.

Patients with asthma themselves also have a 2 times greater risk of developing GERD than normal people. Patients with asthma experience changes in pressure in the chest and abdomen when an attack occurs. Increased pressure in the stomach when there is tightness can trigger acid reflux. If GERD and asthma attacks occur together, of course they both need special treatment. Asthma attacks themselves will be treated like asthma attacks in general. GERD also needs to be addressed so that asthma attacks can be easier to control and don't recur. It is better if you see your doctor immediately if you have asthma and you start to feel the symptoms of GERD before an asthma attack comes. If an asthma attack comes, immediately use the control medication you have and come to the nearest hospital emergency room. To reduce symptoms of GERD, avoid sour or spicy foods, fatty foods (including coconut milk and fried foods), chocolate, coffee, tea, and soda. Also avoid exposure to cigarette smoke because it can aggravate GERD and trigger asthma attacks.

So much information from me. I hope this helps.


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