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Is Acid Reflux Making Your Asthma Worse?

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Avoid triggers – Certain foods including fatty foods may trigger more acid in the stomach. Alcohol and tobacco can also make symptoms worse.

Raise the bed – If you sleep on a flat bed, it is easier for the acid from the stomach to travel up the esophagus. Try raising the head of the bed or using a wedge-shaped pillow to lift your head and shoulders so you are sleeping on a slight incline. For naps, try sleeping in a chair instead of lying down.

Sleep on the left – Sleeping on your left side can help get rid of stomach acid. Sleeping on your right side may make symptoms worse.

Empty stomach – Stop eating at least two hours before bedtime.

If you have GERD and asthma, talk to your health care provider about how the two conditions may be interacting and to find out the best treatment plan for your health.

Sources:

About.com: Heartburn. GERD and Asthma. Sharon Gillson. Web. September 7, 2011.
http://heartburn.about.com/od/gerdacidrefluxdisease/a/gerdasthma.htm

Mayo Clinic. Is there a connection between asthma and acid reflux? James T C Li, MD, PhD. Web. September 7, 2011.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asthma-and-acid-reflux/AN02116

MedicineNet.com. Heartburn and Asthma. Web. September 7, 2011.
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=43181

American Acedemy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Web. September 7, 2011.
http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/related-conditions/gastroesophageal-reflux-disease.aspx

MedicineNet.com. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Web. September 7, 2011.

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