The cause of shortness of breath, recurring bronchial infections, and chronic asthma in most patients is acid reflux. 85% of all patients diagnosed with asthma have acid reflux as an underlying cause. If all patients with acid reflux presented with heart burn and indigestion, the diagnosis would be easy. As a result patients would take over the counter reflux medication for their uncomfortable “classic” reflux symptoms. But what happens if a patient doesn’t experience these “classic” symptoms. What if they feel short of breath or keep getting bouts of bronchitis. Naturally they would go to the doctor, possibly have a breathing test and find that their breathing is not good. Often these patients are diagnosed with allergies or asthma. But allergy medications and inhalers are not working. They are frequently given recurring courses of antibiotics for bronchial infections. In most cases the diagnosis is not correct and the underlying cause of all of the symptoms is missed.
Inspiratory breathing problems are caused by acid reflux; expiratory breathing problems are symptoms of asthma. Ask yourself: “do I have more trouble breathing in or breathing out. If these symptoms are recurring for you and you’re frustrated with the management, ask your ENT if you have “silent” reflux. Conservative management including avoiding eating 3 hours prior to bedtime, elevation of the head of the bed and reducing highly acidic foods can be very helpful. Some patients require reflux medication. The proper diagnosis and treatment can be very helpful and life changing for many.
Do you live in New York City and suffer from shortness of breath, bronchial infections, or chronic asthma?
If you suffer from any of the symptoms of silent reflux, contact Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery located at 161 Madison Avenue in New York City. Our board certified ENT Dr. Stacy Silvers, specializes in treating acid reflux, the root cause of chronic asthma. To request an appointment with Dr. Silvers call our office at (212) 213-3339