Gastroesophageal reflux disease is not generally a socially acceptable subject because it is difficult to understand the pain a person is going through when you are hearing about disgusting things like vomiting and heartburn. However, understanding the complications of GERD is something that every person that has ever had the condition should do, here are a few of the complications of acid reflux, or GERD.
Cough and Asthma- With the many nerves in the lower esophagus it is possible that you could suffer from the nerves that cause coughing being stimulated. When these are stimulated then the refluxed liquid may never even reach the esophagus but still cause problems. The coughing can cause the breathing tubes to get smaller or narrower and not allow the proper amount of air through the body. Most doctors don’t believe that acid reflux causes asthma, but that it does tend to irritate the condition of asthma by making the individual cough a ridiculous amount, therefore letting less air out. These coughing or asthmatic reactions are not common in all individuals with acid reflux, but it does happen to aggravate the condition.
Sinus and Middle Ear Fluid- Since the throat is very important in its relation to the nasal passages and lymph tissue in small children. The acid reflux can irritate the adenoids and Eustachian tube to the point that the sinuses and ears are seriously damaged. A lot of children have problems with fluid being in their sinuses and ears anyway and acid reflux does not help to rectify the situation. In almost every situation the adults afflicted with acid reflux do not have problems with the sinuses or middle ear because of the lack of adenoids or Eustachian tubes involved in the situation.
These are two of the seven major complications of GERD, continue on with your reading to determine what the complication of your GERD could be.