The Link Between GERD and Asthma


Asthma tends to regularly find its way into conversations about the complications associated with GERD.  While there are connections, most people in the medical community are not necessarily convinced that acid reflux can cause an asthma attack on its own.

What we do know is that asthmatics can also suffer from frequent heartburn.  According to WebMD, people with asthma are twice as likely to have GERD as others.  When you consider that asthma is a breathing disorder and GERD effects the esophagus, it’s not hard to see why one can make the other worse.

Once acid begins to irritate the airwaves, lungs, or the esophagus, different reactions can occur.  Obviously anything affecting the lungs can impact breathing, and acid entering the esophagus can cause airways to shrink.  That is a nerve reflex that is trying to keep acid down.  Asthma attacks can also impact the sphincter’s ability to prevent acid reflux.

If you find that the symptoms of asthma worsen after a meal or laying down, GERD might be a factor.  It may also be a factor if your asthma medications or treatments aren’t helping your symptoms.

If you’re someone who suffers from acid reflux coupled with asthma attacks, it’s important to talk to your doctor.  After all, it might not just be two symptoms that are complicating your health.  Plus, certain asthma medications can help trigger acid reflux/GERD.

There are ways to determine if one is affecting the other.  If you need help, contact a medical professional as soon as possible.  As always, we’re here to help you with your concerns about heartburn, acid reflux and GERD.  Call us with questions or for a consultation at 832-324-3100.