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Can heartburn trigger asthma?

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Severe heartburn and asthma often go hand-in-hand. Recent studies show that up to 89% of those with asthma also have severe heartburn, known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If stomach acid reaches into their throat or airways, the irritation and inflammation can trigger an asthma attack.

Reflux could be the cause of your asthma when you got asthma as an adult, no family members have it, you haven't had allergies or bronchitis, your asthma is har to control, or you cough while lying down.

SOURCES:  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Causes of Asthma."  American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Causes of Asthma."  Murray, J. and Nadel, J. Third edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 2000.  .



Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,UpToDate

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on October 02, 2018

SOURCES:  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Causes of Asthma."  American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Causes of Asthma."  Murray, J. and Nadel, J. Third edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 2000.  .



Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,UpToDate

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on October 02, 2018

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