Allergies or Acid Reflux

Allergies or Acid Reflux

By February 21, 2013 Blog No Comments

Do you have allergies that are not responding to standard treatment? It could be that you are suffering from acid reflux! The two don’t seem to be connected but they can be linked.

Acid reflux, or GERD, happens when the round valve at the base of the esophagus fails and the acidic contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus. The esophagus reacts to this acidic assault by producing mucus, some muscle spasms, and occasional changes to the immune system. Oddly enough, the one thing it doesn’t always produce is pain. It seems hard to believe that you might not actually have the pain normally associated with heartburn, but it is possible.

The nerve that connects the esophagus to the brains also controls the throat, nose and sinuses. Sometimes, the brain issues an order for mucus to be produced in the esophagus and the order gets picked up by the other organs as well. Controlling your GERD may be the key eliminating your allergy symptoms.

If you are having symptoms, it’s time to call a Doctor at Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group at (310) 829-6789 or use thisĀ form to request an appointment.