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Old 09-11-2009, 02:55 AM   #2
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Re: Can Allergies/Sinuses cause acid reflux?

Sinus issues and acid reflux do go hand in hand but it's actually acid reflux that contributes to sinus issues, not the other way around.

Researchers haven't quite figured out the exact mechanism but acid reflux triggers inflammation in the esophagus (as part of the body's normal reaction to the irritation caused when stomach acid irritates the mucus membranes that line the throat), and in some people with chronic reflux that inflammation seems to radiate upward to include the sinuses, which physically aren't that far removed from the areas that are impacted by reflux (reflux also causes some people to have asthma-like symptoms as the inflammation radiates to the bronchi in the lungs).

It's not unusual for people with asthma and sinus issues to see significant improvement in their symptoms when their acid reflux is treated.