Acid Reflux and Seasonal Allergies
Dr. Anish Sheth, a gastroenterologist and author of “What’s Your Poo Telling You? ,” said he agrees that too many people assume they have food allergies, and often sees patients who suffer from a different condition.
Your natural stomach acid will slowly begin its production levels back to the level it needs to be as long as you aren’t taking some antacid. Sometimes you may need to help your body replace the HCL that it’s missing. You can get HCL supplements at most health food stores but be very careful taking them; not everybody who has a digestive problem or allergies needs more HCL.
People with asthma are at higher risk of developing GERD. Asthma flare-ups can cause the lower esophageal sphincter to relax, allowing stomach contents to flow back, or reflux, into the esophagus. Some asthma medications (especially theophylline) may worsen reflux symptoms. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that occurs when acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids back up from the stomach into the esophagus.
The study noted that almost all the EE patients were on PPIs, but only 15% of them responded to the therapy. If the cause of your esophageal pain isn’t actually acid, then lowering stomach acid levels probably won’t represent much of a solution. Paleo approaches to acid reflux have been pretty critical of lowering stomach acid as a therapy, mostly because the human stomach is supposed to be acidic. Stomach acid is important for proper digestion; it’s supposed to be there, and if it stays in the stomach, it doesn’t cause heartburn at all.
Rare cases of esophageal perforations (tears through the entire esophageal wall) also have been reported. Esophageal perforations are a serious complication that can lead to infections in the chest. Thus, although doctors may still use dilatation to treat dysphagia from eosinophilic esophagitis, they now are more likely to use smaller dilators and less force than they would when treating esophageal strictures and rings. Moreover, doctors also are more commonly using medications to treat dysphagia from eosinophilic esophagitis and using dilation only when medications fail.
Try eating five to six “mini-meals” spaced throughout the day and early evening, instead of three larger meals. Diet. Studies show that reducing your consumption of specific foods can help with GERD. Individuals vary in what foods they can tolerate, so you may have to do a little experimenting. Physicians recommend that people with reflux problems avoid fatty and fried foods; caffeinated drinks; onions; garlic; tomato-based products; citrus fruits; pepper; chocolate; peppermint; and alcoholic beverages.
ragweed, or other environmental condition is adding to the problem. First try eliminating all gluten (wheat, rye, barley, and some oats), from your diet. This is a very common food allergen – it is said that 1/6 of the population cannot tolerate gluten. Dairy products and the main dairy protein casein would be the next to eliminate. This is also a very common food offender.
Remember, you may have both allergies and acid reflux, so just because you’ve been diagnosed with one doesn’t mean you might not still need care for the other. Fortunately, CEENTA’s ENT doctors can determine if you have either condition and help you get the care you need. Learn about the triggers and treatment for non-allergic asthma and how an allergist can help you manage symptoms.