Does COPD Cause Acid Reflux?

by | Jul 20, 2018 | Blog, COPD

Many patients who have been diagnosed with COPD also report experiencing acid reflux often. In fact, Everyday Health reported that more than 50 percent of COPD patients are likely to experience acid reflux and related symptoms. Because there is such a significant connection between COPD and acid reflux, researchers took a deeper look into what causes this link between the two conditions and what you can do to reduce your acid reflux symptoms.

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid is leaked into the esophagus, which causes a burning sensation in the chest and, in some cases, a sour taste in the back of the throat. Other symptoms include chest pain, indigestion, coughing and abdominal pain, to name a few. In some cases of acid reflux, the stomach acid can be accidentally inhaled into the lungs, where it can develop into pneumonia or chronic bronchitis.

Connection between acid reflux and COPD

While COPD does not necessarily cause acid reflux, some of the same factors that contribute to COPD can increase your chances of developing acid reflux. These factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Poor dietary habits

Acid reflux symptoms can also worsen COPD symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath. If you have been experiencing symptoms of acid reflux, here are some types to help prevent it from happening again:

  • Eat smaller portions
  • Don’t eat right before going to bed
  • Reduce spicy and acid foods in your diet
  • Try to cut down the amount of caffeine you drink
  • Sleep with your head elevated
  • Don’t smoke
  • Exercise regularly to avoid obesity
  • Ask your doctor about certain medications that can cause acid reflux, such as antihistamines and nitrates

You should also consider implementing a nutrient-rich diet designed to reduce inflammation in your body and promote overall health.

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