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Old 09-02-2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

Over the past 3 years I've had the worst acid reflux attacks of my life right at this time of the year (end of Aug/beg of Sept). All three years I've had terrible seasonal allergies (ragweed?) right before the reflux attack. The attacks have lasted weeks. I don't drink caffeine, alcohol or smoke so most days of the year the acid reflux is under control. I can eat chocolate and spicy food which I know are common triggers without usually worrying about having an attack. Previously doctors have said that there wouldn't be any correlation between the two but the doctor I saw today at least acknowledged there could be something with the allergies causing this. He also recently diagnosed me with a form of hives were my skins easily becomes red and welted.

Has anyone experienced or heard of Allergies causing reflux? If so, has anyone had any luck controlling it? The doctor today prescribed Ranitidine Tablets 300mg and referred me to an allergy specialist and gastro specialist. Basically the usual reply of "I don't know what could be wrong, try these prescriptions". Are there any really good docs in Minnesota for this sort of thing?

So tonight I probably won't sleep (most likely to be followed by many more nights of the same) as I sit here with the thick saliva coming up and intense burning and choking feeling in my throat.

 
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

I had TERRIBLE acid reflux for a few years. Jumped on the Internet and found something NATURAL that has helped very much. I was on two Prevacid a day and all they did was numb me for a short time. Look up Digestinol on the Internet and you will see it is made of very strong aloe vera. Also try to read the testimonials. Good luck.

 
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

djverbal-

Keep looking for an allergist who understands this stuff - there is a definite link between allergies, asthma and acid reflux, although the exact cause isn't clearly understood. Acid reflux can cause asthma and sinus symptoms, including post-nasal drip, and the cycle of allergies and acid reflux can make it very difficult to get the allergies, asthma and acid reflux under control.

The best option is to try treating both the allergies and the acid reflux. For the allergies either Claritin or Zyrtec (or the generic versions of either), which are now available without a prescription, should help. For the acid reflux PrilosecOTC is much more effective than Ranitidine (Zantac) and Prilosec is now available without a prescription as well.

As far as docs in Minnesota, you've got some of the best in the world at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and they have a great reputation for treating allergic diseases.

 
Old 09-16-2008, 05:53 PM   #4
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

I am currently learning about the relationship of allergies with
acid reflux, gastroparesis and asthma. It can be investigated
by looking up eosinophilic esophagitis or more broadly 'eosinophilic
disorders' on any good search engine. Seems eosinophils (which
are white blood cells) respond to allergies and can cause all kinds
of problems when they occur due to hidden allergies and cause
problems in parts of the body not usually regarded as allergy
prone, like esophagus and small intestine, etc. Not all that
common or broadly known about just yet but causing considerable
misery and sending people into many wrong directions before the
real cause is known. My dear friend who is in process at the
Arizona Mayo Clinic just had a doctor point her in this direction,
hence my sudden interest in this subject. I have read many
accounts of people on boards that likely fall into this category.

 
Old 09-16-2008, 06:48 PM   #5
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

I am currently learning about the relationship of allergies with
acid reflux, gastroparesis and asthma. It can be investigated
by looking up eosinophilic esophagitis or more broadly 'eosinophilic
disorders' on any good search engine. Seems eosinophils (which
are white blood cells) respond to allergies and can cause all kinds
of problems when they occur due to hidden allergies and cause
problems in parts of the body not usually regarded as allergy
prone, like esophagus and small intestine, etc. Not all that
common or broadly known about just yet but causing considerable
misery and sending people into many wrong directions before the
real cause is known. My dear friend who is in process at the
Arizona Mayo Clinic just had a doctor point her in this direction,
hence my sudden interest in this subject. I have read many
accounts of people on boards that likely fall into this category.

 
Old 09-17-2008, 09:17 AM   #6
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

DJ,

I certianly am sure there is a correlation. I have allergic rhinitis and for a year and a half I went untreated. Half way throught that time I developed acid reflux, really bad reflux. I started taking an antihistamine a few weeks ago (three weeks total this Thursday) and I no longer require acid reflux meds. I was taking two Protonix daily and still having break through episodes, my doctors could'nt explain why.

I was shocked how fast it got better. I started taking the anti and mucinex and after one week I was taking one reflux tablet at night. By the second week it was every other day or when I felt the urge. This week I haven't taken any. I am drinking hot tea daily (decaf) and I had chocolate the other day and nothing. I had tomatoes on a burger the other night. I haven't tried alcohol or coffee but I plan to give it another month and try that as well.

I recently read an article on allergies and the PND. I learned that PND drains into your stomach daily about a quart is usually produced by everyone and your stomach acids destroy it. When you have PND from allergies you produce more PND which triggers your stomach to produce more acid to be able to destroy the extra PND or that's what I got from the article. I am paraphrasing the article but it made alot of since to me. It created the connection my doctors couldn't provide me with. On my last visit my doctor explained that acid reflux is differnt for each person and that most people's start for one reason and could stop for another, almost just as sunddenly. She then looked me in my eyes and said "since you require two tablets a day to function you may not be one of those lucky people" but I am.

I am now FINALLY getting my allergies isues under control so no more reflux. I am meds free. On days were I have more PND I have reflux but thank GOD I haven't had those days in two weeks so far. Now, if I could get rid of the remaining bad breath left from the PND life would be great again.

One more thing I use to feel nausea and stomach fullness when I had really bad PND too. I felt sick on my stomach all the time and bloated but that's better too, maybe others have experienced that. Last night I laid on the floor and did sit-ups--no problems!

I hope this helps you.

 
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:04 PM   #7
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

Well I went to the allergy specialist last Thurs and had the allergy skin test. On the scale of 0-4 I hit 4 for just about every pollen, cats and dust. I've been taking Allegra (fexofenadine) along with the ranitidine since then. Most days since then have been relatively good but not back to normal. Just less heartburn during the day and better sleep at night. Last night though I barely slept and haven't felt well today. Hopefully the antihistamine helps but I'm skeptical since my allergy symptoms weren't really bad when I started taking it. The allergy specialist did seem to think though that the pnd could be causing reflux issues. Did the mucinex help relieve the pnd?


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DJ,

I certianly am sure there is a correlation. I have allergic rhinitis and for a year and a half I went untreated. Half way throught that time I developed acid reflux, really bad reflux. I started taking an antihistamine a few weeks ago (three weeks total this Thursday) and I no longer require acid reflux meds. I was taking two Protonix daily and still having break through episodes, my doctors could'nt explain why.

I was shocked how fast it got better. I started taking the anti and mucinex and after one week I was taking one reflux tablet at night. By the second week it was every other day or when I felt the urge. This week I haven't taken any. I am drinking hot tea daily (decaf) and I had chocolate the other day and nothing. I had tomatoes on a burger the other night. I haven't tried alcohol or coffee but I plan to give it another month and try that as well.

I recently read an article on allergies and the PND. I learned that PND drains into your stomach daily about a quart is usually produced by everyone and your stomach acids destroy it. When you have PND from allergies you produce more PND which triggers your stomach to produce more acid to be able to destroy the extra PND or that's what I got from the article. I am paraphrasing the article but it made alot of since to me. It created the connection my doctors couldn't provide me with. On my last visit my doctor explained that acid reflux is differnt for each person and that most people's start for one reason and could stop for another, almost just as sunddenly. She then looked me in my eyes and said "since you require two tablets a day to function you may not be one of those lucky people" but I am.

I am now FINALLY getting my allergies isues under control so no more reflux. I am meds free. On days were I have more PND I have reflux but thank GOD I haven't had those days in two weeks so far. Now, if I could get rid of the remaining bad breath left from the PND life would be great again.

One more thing I use to feel nausea and stomach fullness when I had really bad PND too. I felt sick on my stomach all the time and bloated but that's better too, maybe others have experienced that. Last night I laid on the floor and did sit-ups--no problems!

I hope this helps you.

 
Old 09-19-2008, 06:49 AM   #8
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

No, the mucinex didn't really help relieve it--the antihitamine did that. The mucinex, I am just using that for a few weeks to help hurry things along so I can get rid of the remaining smell faster. The problem is I am taking Benedryl every 6 hours which is a pain in the butt. Last night I was suppose to wake up at 2am to take but I overslept, by 4am my head was hurting and my breathing was so bad, due to the congestion, it woke me up, I knew then I needed to take my pill, so I did. I went back to sleep and I am better as long as I don't skip a pill or forget it. The great thing is that my body is an alarm clock of sorts, when I start to feel bad (congested and runny nose) I know I've forgotten to take it and that it's time. I just hope that by next week I will be smell free. it's gotten alot better since the PND has dried up a bit but I won't it gone and it seems to be taking for ever. I do nasal rinsing 6-8 times a day and I gargle with peroxide as well but I still have it.

I still haven't had to take any acid reflux meds--life is good again.

Keep me posted.

 
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

I definitely think allergies cause reflux. Most of the attention is paid to reflux causing allergies, but I think it can go the other way around too. My reflux is always the worst when my sinuses and allergies are at their worst.

 
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

when I have allergies I have acid reflux and it makes me feel sick every time I have allergies :'( does anyone know the reason why? I hate it!!!! I used to not feel like that :/

 
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

This all makes sense. I have had bad allergies most of my life and the reflux started about a year or so ago. The reflux is worse starting in June and goes through the cutting of the crop season...end of October. (It's REAL bad then) I seem to manage better during the winter. Probably because I don't have all the sinus drainage. I have to treat both. Or they both flare up.

 
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Re: Seasonal allergies causing acid reflux?

I think you're on to something. Why, cause my tummy gets real sensitive to wheats and grains, but its primarily in the winter. Also I have had some 'bouts' of indigestion and they mostly come when the weather is volatile. I do have hashimotos thyroiditis which can cause or aggravate these problems. You might want to have your thyroid antibodies checked.

 
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