People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) often suffer recurrent chest distress and commonly experience asthma symptoms. So what should you do if you think your symptoms are silent reflux and not autumn allergies or a cold after all? Start with a two-week elimination diet, Dr. Koufman suggests. That means no alcohol, nothing from a can (yep, including seltzer), and cutting way back on dairy and coffee. You should also stick to low-fat, low-acidic foods, and you might want to avoid spicy or fried foods , which are also thought to trigger reflux. Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and garlic may also spark reflux symptoms, so eat them sparingly.
Food intolerances take several months to figure out. The only way I know of is to start writing everything down on a calendar or notebook. After 6 years, I’m still finding new foods to avoid – mainly anything processed at all. If I cook for myself, don’t even eat processed breakfast cereal (not counting oatmeal or plain rice cereal with no additives), I am fine. My GI doc had no idea. This all came from my allergist. The only thing my Nexium did was to make the refluxate non-acid. The trigger for the stomach to heave it up is nearly all food or irritating things going on in my esophagus, stomach or gut.
The food allergy and acid reflux link has been made clear in several studies. One such study was reviewed in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1999. Researchers consulted mothers whose infants had colic-type behavior that included vomiting. Some of the babies in the study failed to respond to reflux medication and multiple formula changes. However, the gastroesophageal check this link right here now reflux symptoms resolved when the infants changed formula and were given an elemental amino acid-based formula. In two-thirds of the patients in the study, the reflux symptoms returned when the babies were put back on a soy formula or hydrolyzed formula. The researchers attributed food protein intolerance to the infants’ acid reflux symptoms.
Allergies can also aggravate your acid reflux disease by causing you to cough and sneeze, forcing acid upward and making your symptoms more severe. Sinus drainage from untreated allergies can also increase your stomach discomfort. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, getting your drainage, sneezing and coughing under control will help you to find relief from your acid reflux pain. One of the earliest symptoms can be a persistent cough, which in later stages may involve coughing up blood, says Dr Usmani.