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How to Cure Acid Reflux Cough? – Home Remedies

Updated on August 21, 2011

Acid reflux is often accompained by a symptom of chronic cough. Although at first glance, acid reflux and cough seem not related to each other, acid reflux is actually the third leading cause of cough. Since cough is just a complication of acid reflux, the treatment for acid reflux cough focus mainly on curing acid reflux. Acid reflux is a phenomenon of the back flow of gastric juice. Under normal circumstances, due to the existence of esophagus - stomach sphincter in lower esophagus, the pressure there is higher than in the stomach, and cardia is closed when people are not eating. What’s more, the digestive movement of the stomach is from the bottom area to the pylorus, this can prevent the back-flow of stomach contents into the mouth.

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When the stomach or esophagus has any pathological changes, such as inflammation, ulcers, cancer, etc., Once the normal functions of stomach and esophagus are undermined, this will lead to increased secretion of gastric acid, relaxation of cardia, increased reversed peristalsis and the back-flow of stomach acids into the mouth. Patients usually experience recurring acid reflux into mouth. Especially in patients with duodenal ulcer, the secretion of gastric acid increases significantly. Acidic gastric juice can damage esophageal mucosa, lead to esophagitis.Patients can have substernal burning sensation, the so-called "heartburn." 

The reason for acid reflux can be divided into physiological and pathological ones. The main cause of these symptoms are the back flow of excessive stomach, duodenal contents into the esophagus, leading to heartburn and other symptoms such as infections or airway damage of esophagus and pharynx.

Symptoms of acid reflux

Most patients have different feelings of heartburn, the vast majority of patients have a burning sensation mainly in the lower sternum or chest, a small portion of the patients have substernal pain stretching upward the chest, and very few people have a choking sense and feel oppressed. The symptoms of acid reflux and the feeling of heartburn are described differently from person to person. Studies have shown that about 30% to 50% people have claimed that they had hearburn and acid reflux at one time or another, about 25% of pregnant women have heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.

Occasional heartburn or acid reflux are physiological responses that we do not need to worry too much about. However, if acid reflux or heartburn symptoms continue for a long time, it may be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In addition, a number of other digestive system diseases may also have heartburn or acid reflux symptoms, such as functional dyspepsia, peptic ulcer, chronic gastritis, etc.. Of course, the most common is gastroesophageal reflux disease. 

Heartburn or acid reflux is a typical symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease, the disease also have some atypical features such as dysphagia, swallowing pain, some patients may even have chronic cough, chest pain, head injury, laryngitis , pharyngitis, otitis media, recurrent pneumonia, asthma etc. recent research suggests it also has a relationship with sleep apnea. 

Treatment of acid reflux cough

Patients are recommended to do gastroscopy test and taking medicines under the guidance of a physician. Inspections of the stomach and esophagus are also recommended to find out whether the symptoms are caused by diseases such as gastric ulcer, and how acid suppression medication should be used.

Patients should also avoid eating the following foods: coffee, wine, gravy, pepper, mustard, etc., Foods that stimulate the secretion of gastric juice or do damage to mucous membranes should be avoided. Besides, Each person has a reaction to a specific food, so food consumption should be based on individual needs, and to make any appropriate adjustment when necessary. In addition, all kinds of desserts, pastries, fried food and ice food, which often lead to patient discomfort, should be carefully selected.

Patients should be careful not to eat too fast, they should eat regular and smaller meals to avoid gastrectasia or hyperacidity. Excessive stomach acid may back flow into the esophagus and stimulate its membranes. In addition to three meals a day, eat some snacks between meals.

Patients are recommended to take a large variety of foods in order to get balanced nutrition, do not to eat foods with high starch content.

Do not lie down after meals, do not eat anything before bedtime.

Do not smoke or drink alcohols, live a balanced life, do not stay up late at night and reduce unnecessary worries, maintain a happy mood.


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      Emman 6 years ago

      Thank you for this very informative article.

      Currently I'm experiencing this illness and I'm on medication.

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      mekoshark 7 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by, Sally

      Really glad you like my hub!

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      Sally Dillon 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You've done a nice job of thoroughly covering this topic.