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Has Treating Acid Reflux Helped You With Asthma?
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petalsofneptune posted:
developed severe asthma about 15 years ago which lasted 3 years i moved and shrtly after needed no medicines which lasted the last 12 years, about 2 months ago i started having asthma attacks after 2 weeks the albuterol didnt work, advair didnt work long, and then was put on asmanex which also didnt seem to help much, then my doctor put me on ranitidine twice a day for the acid reflux and after the second pill there was about 90 % improvement.now im wondering do i still need the asmanex, could it have been brought on by the acid reflux all along.
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choo_chu responded:
Hi,

I'm glad you found something that helps your asthma!

Acid reflux can aggravate asthma because stomach acid can be refluxed into the lungs, which can cause irritation. I took tetracycline a long time ago and developed acid reflux which caused an ulcer in my esophagus. Since then, I have periodic, seemingly random bouts of acid reflux. Even before I get burning in my esophagus, I can tell the acid reflux is beginning because I start having problems with my asthma at night. At that point, I start taking Nexium for a while, and it subsides and my acid reflux doesn't get to the point where I have constant burning in my esophagus.
 
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petalsofneptune replied to choo_chu's response:
smiling,
well hello again choo_chu hope your having a wonderful day.
it's definitely made a big improvement the doctor made several changes, i was taking lisinopril for my blood pressure he took me off that, and told me to also take claritin, switched the advair inhailer with a asmanex inhailer and gave me ranitidine for acid reflux to take twice a day by time i took the secons ranitidine pill i could tell a difference, i was getting really scared as the asthma medine even the albuterol wasn't really working. and my lungs hurt deep inside them.
the same day,before i went to my doctor i had went to the ent here and the doctor looked in my nose and throat and says you dont have any signs of allergies, i told him well why do i have this cough, runny nose etc. he told me i could have the skin test done but he didnt think any allergies would show up, he was quite rude and walked out on me...so i left there went back to my physician whos assistant had gave me the advair and said look this isnt helping, told him what was going on.
i'm still going to make an appointment with a allergy specialist in charlotte to be checked and try to find out what i'm allergic to.but for now things are much better. thank you for your reply
 
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choo_chu replied to petalsofneptune's response:
Hi,

I'm glad things are getting better for you

Acid reflux can really throw your asthma for a loop, as can allergies and sinus infections. If you Google "uncommon symptoms of acid reflux," you'll find that it can include things like a runny nose, sore throat, cough and asthma. When I start getting a bout of acid reflux, I get a runny nose and cough after every time I eat, especially if the food is acidic, fried or spicy. Spicy food doesn't even have to be "hot" spicy, just a lot of seasoning with powdered spices.

When I moved across the country, from way up north to way down south, my asthma got way out of control due to allergies. The allergens are different down here than they are up north, and there seems to be a lot more of them down here. I knew I was having problems with allergies, I just didn't know what specifically was bothering me, so I had allergy testing done. My allergist asked me what I think I'm allergic to, and I told her, "my cat, maybe dust and some spring and summer pollens." I was spot on. I think if you have allergies, you probably already know it, you just may not know exactly what it is that you're allergic to. If you do have allergies, accept the allergy shots..they can do wonders, especially if your allergies impact your asthma. I think the allergy shots worked better for my indoor allergies than pollens. I had allergy shots for 4 years and had my last shot 8 months ago. I'm having more problems this spring than I did last spring, and I'm guessing I'll have more problems this summer than last summer. My indoor allergies don't seem to be bothering me at all. Unfortunately, allergy shots don't last forever I'm getting re-tested (for allergies) at the end of the year, my 5-year mark.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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