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People Who Suffer from GERD Have More Coughs and Nasal Congestion

People who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic condition in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, are also more likely to suffer nasal congestion and other respiratory problems, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of South Florida Medical School reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on a study which found that the patients with chronic heartburn due to acid reflux also suffered more from nasal congestion, coughs and hoarseness.

The study looked at 74 patients with chronic heartburn (GERD was confirmed in 52 of them) and at 74 adults with no previous or current symptoms of GERD.

The researchers reported that 75 percent of the patients with GERD reported throat-related symptoms such as hoarseness and coughs on at least five days each month, compared to only 9 percent of the adults with no GERD symptoms.

They reported that 69 percent of the patients with GERD reported nasal symptoms for at least five days a month compared to only 14 percent of the volunteers with no GERD symptoms.

The report also indicated that the more acid reflux episodes GERD patients had each day, the more severe their respiratory problems.

"Upper respiratory symptoms are frequent among subjects with GERD," the researchers concluded. The report indicated it was not entirely clear, however, why GERD may create more hoarseness or nasal congestion.

Source: Medical Week staff, week of July 29, 2001





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