Asthma

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Asthma

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD, is the pathological reflux of stomach contents, including stomach acid, into the esophagus. The unpleasant symptoms of this disease are known as “heartburn,” and they have been associated with a cough.

Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can also trigger asthma symptoms. Try the following to reduce reflux symptoms:

  • Eat smaller meals.
  • Do not lie down for two to three hours after eating.
  • Avoid foods that can trigger your heartburn or GERD symptoms.
  • Talk to your health care provider about medicine that may help your GERD.

Asthma patients who report frequent heartburn should stop eating two to three hours before they go to bed, should raise the head of the bed 6 to 8 inches and may be prescribed antacid proton pump inhibitor medications for GERD by their provider. Diet modifications such as avoiding fatty foods, fried foods, spicy foods, chocolate, caffeine, peppermint or large meals may help control GERD symptoms.

Asthma
Knowing how to manage asthma is important for better health and quality of life. We offer an online course called ASTHMA Care for Adults. This comprehensive program covers a full range of topics everyone with asthma needs to know. This self-paced online course is presented in different formats, such as videos, animations, handouts and more.

 


Medical Review June 2019.