Is Asthma Linked to Acid Reflux?

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Asthma and acid reflux often occur together. It isn't clear why, or whether one causes the other. But we do know that the two worsen each other. Both conditions can occur together in adults and children. Actually, half the kids living with asthma also suffer from GERD (acid reflux disease). Symptoms of both diseases include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and chest pain. When the two problems occur together, even medicines may not be effective to control these symptoms. In some cases, asthma medicines may worsen acid reflux disease. This is particularly true of theophylline. Always remember to consult your doctor when it comes to taking medications.   Keyword: asthma symptoms acid reflux