The cough with gastroesophageal reflux, in addition to annoying, can lead to a chronic problem, so it is good to pay attention and treat its symptoms. The cough itself is a fairly common symptom, associated mainly to respiratory diseases like flu or colds. However, although less known, cough may also be associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease, common in patients with chronic cough. This disorder occurs when the esophagus is constantly irritated by stomach acid.
Cough with gastric reflux often accompanied by sore throat, indicating the development of an inflammatory process of the pharyngeal mucosa. There may also be difficulty in swallowing (the technical term is dysphagia), hoarseness or voice changes, caused by injury in the vocal cords.
Cough can occur with or without mucus, the latter being a symptom added quite annoying.
Coughing episodes may be more frequent during the night, may be accompanied by hoarseness, itchy throat, sensation of a strange body in the throat, as a kind of knot. In addition, the patient may suffer from inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose.
To relieve symptoms of cough with gastric reflux, once diagnosed, the doctor may prescribe a number of drugs. You can also advise antacids and prokinetic drugs, which accelerate the emptying of the stomach, in addition to the protectors of the mucous membranes.
It is important to stop smoking, avoid stress as much as possible, keep a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight and eating a proper diet, eliminating those foods that accentuate the problem. Pay attention mainly to alcohol, fat, fried foods, spices, citrus fruits, tomato, tea, coffee, juice drinks, soft drinks and pickled foods. The food must be chewed well before digesting, without hurries. Avoid extended the desktop and, if we do exercise, wait at least two hours after the main meals.
There are also some natural remedies for cough with gastric reflux that we can be of assistance. Among them, Mallow, good to calm the inflammation of the mucous membranes and reflux symptoms due to its mucilage content.
Also, a good ally is the boswellia, since the active ingredients present in the resin of this plant help reduce inflammation and stimulate the repair of gastric mucosa. The aloe vera is also an anti-inflammatory and licorice (used in moderation if you suffer from hypertension) which act on the mucous membranes of the esophagus and the stomach.