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Monday, May 20, 2013
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a medical term for acid that moves into the "food swallowing tube" (esophagus) from the stomach. Sometimes acid moves up the swallowing tube, into the nose or mouth. The strong acid can burn and irritate the swallowing tube, throat, and vocal cords or cause a bad taste in your mouth. GERD symptoms are not the same for everyone. You may feel burning in your chest or throat called "heartburn" or you may have no symptoms at all.
GERD and Breathing Problems
Acid reflux into the upper portion of the swallowing tube can cause cough (especially when sleeping or during exercise), shortness of breath, wheezing, and vocal cord spasm. Uncontrolled acid reflux can mimic asthma.(More)
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