Shortness of breath or dyspnea can be described as having gastroesophageal reflux and asthma. Its chronic form of gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD. people are most afraid of experiencing symptoms. There is a correlation between reverse flow and asthma in the gastroesophageal tract. If you have asthma, there is a high probability that you may also have gastroesophageal reflux disease1. Studies show that up to 75% of adult asthma patients have backflow problems with gastroesophageal tract. Conversely, if you often experience gastroesophageal reflux disease us, it can also cause bronchospasm, which can trigger asthma attacks. Long term can lead to life-threatening respiratory complications.
What is the relationship between backflow of gastroesophageal tract and asthma?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is when lower esophageal sphincter (LES) at the junction of the stomach and the Esophagus is sagging. Discomfort symptoms that cause gastric acid and other contents to enter the esophagus, throat, mouth, or respiratory tract. When gastric acid return causes damage to the esophagus and respiratory tract, it can lead to coughing and wheezing, and even symptoms of atypical asthma attacks such as trachea contraction, which can make it difficult to swallow solid food.
There is a correlation between reverse flow and asthma in the gastroesophageal tract. Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease ageal tract may only have dyspnea, but sometimes it may become asthma.
Clinical Studies Indication Results
- Three quarters of asthma patients have gastroesophageal reflux disease.
- The number of patients with asthma with gastroesophageal reflux disease is twice as as those with non-asthma.
- People with severe asthma and resistance to therapeutic drugs are likely to have gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Adult patients with backflow of gastroesophageal tract often face chest discomfort, commonly known as fire-heart. However gastroesophageal reflux disease ageal tract does not always cause heartburn symptoms, but may appear more similar to asthma attacks.
Your asthma may be associated with a gastroesophageal reflux disease if:
- Asthma appears only in your adulthood
- Feeling stressed, after meals, after exercise, lying down
- When asthma gets worst at night.
- If asthma that does not respond to the standard treatment.
Changes in lifestyle can help improve symptoms
The following tips can help prevent and improve symptoms when respiratory problems are highly associated with reverse flow in the gastroesophageal tract. In general, the most effective way to prevent backflow in the gastroesophageal tract is to change your lifestyle, including:
- Raising your bed by 15 to 20 cm to help keep food in the stomach while sleeping.
- Avoid using a large number of pillows to keep your head high. Too many pillows will keep your body in the wrong position, causing a gastroesophageal reflux disease.
- Eat several small meal portions, instead of 3 big meals.
- Avoid irritating, fatty and acidic foods.
- Avoid eating 3 to 4 hours before bedtime.
- Loose weight (if you are overweight)
- Quit smoking
- Wear loose clothing and avoid belt.
Identify the factors that cause symptoms of backflow in the gastroesophageal tract and avoid them. For example, if tomato juice causes acid reflow, you should avoid eating foods containing tomato juice.
If your lifestyle changes are not effective, your doctor may use drugs to control your gastroesophageal reflux disease problem. Some rare cases may even require surgery. Avoidance of asthma attacks can also help improve the symptoms of backflow in the gastroesophageal tract and break the vicious circle that affects each other.