Shortness of Breath caused by Acid Reflux

Can acid reflux cause shortness of breath? This question commonly asked due to some facts that relate acid reflux and shortness of breath. In fact, there are 85 % of patients that are diagnosed with some respiration problems such as asthma and shortness of breath have acid reflux as the cause.  This fact leads people to confusion because acid reflux is a condition that related to digestive system, while shortness of breath is related to respiration system. Shortness of breath is also well-known as Dyspnea. Most cases of shortness of breath are caused by heart and lung condition. Shortness of breath also becomes one of the most common problems that are occurred in society. People who have shortness of breath will feel difficulty in the process of breathing. It is because there is something wrong with the lungs that inhibit the respiratory system.  How can acid reflux inhibit the respiratory system? We are going to discuss how acid reflux can be associated as the cause of shortness of breath.

Acid Reflux and Shortness of Breath

Acid reflux is a condition when acid that is produced by stomach moved up into esophagus. Acid moves up due to a condition when a circular muscle called Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) doesn’t tighten and close properly when the food passes. It will cause some symptoms such as heartburn, cough, and sore throat. Sometime the acid can move up until throat or even the area of mouth. It is possible that the acid enters the lung through the inhalation process. The acid that enters the lungs is believed to be the cause of some respiratory problems such as shortness of breath and asthma. There are two possibilities of why the acid that enter lungs can cause shortness of breath. First, the acid that enters the lungs possibly causes injury to the throat lining, airways and lungs. Second, when the acid enters the lungs, it will trigger some nerve reflexes in order to make the acid out through the airways. Those two possibilities can lead to the shortness of breath. Commonly, it occurs during sleeping. The injury of airways can also cause other respiratory problems such asthma and aspiration pneumonia.

Lifestyle Change

In order to prevent shortness of breath that is caused by acid reflux, it is recommended that people change their lifestyle. Due to the fact that commonly acid reflux is triggered by the bad behavior during or after eating, we can change that behavior such not lying down right after eating or avoiding snack or meals before sleeping. The speed when you are eating also can be a big factor that can cause acid reflux. So we should control the speed when we eat. It is recommended that we set some spaces during eating in order to help LES to tighten and close properly. Due to some kinds of food that can cause acid reflux, it is also recommended that we should avoid consuming too much acidic, fatty and spicy food.

Read also: The Difference between Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Can acid reflux cause shortness of breath? Yes, it can. The acid can possible enter the lungs and causes some respiratory problem such as shortness of breath, asthma, and others. However, it could be solved by change the lifestyle that can cause acid reflux.

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