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How does acid reflux affect night-time asthma?

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If you are often bothered with heartburn, it could be that the stomach acid coming back up the esophagus to the larynx triggers a bronchial spasm. That can make you wheeze and make it harder to catch a breath. It's worse when lying down or if you take medications for asthma that relax the valve between the stomach and esophagus. Sometimes, acid from the stomach will irritate the lower esophagus and narrow your airways. If stomach acid backs up to your throat, it may drip down to the trachea, airways and lungs. Taking care of acid reflux and asthma with medications can often stop nighttime asthma.

SOURCES:  

Smolley, L. New York, Dell, 1998.  Breathe Right Now,

Bruce, D. New York, Ballantine, 2007.  The Sinus Cure,

American Lung Association: “Systemic Bronchodilator Medications.” 

 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American: “Asthma Medications.”  

Cleveland Clinic: “Asthma: An Overview.” 

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Rapid Effects of Inhaled Corticosteroids on Nocturnal Asthma.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:  

Smolley, L. New York, Dell, 1998.  Breathe Right Now,

Bruce, D. New York, Ballantine, 2007.  The Sinus Cure,

American Lung Association: “Systemic Bronchodilator Medications.” 

 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American: “Asthma Medications.”  

Cleveland Clinic: “Asthma: An Overview.” 

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Rapid Effects of Inhaled Corticosteroids on Nocturnal Asthma.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

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