Gastroesophageal reflux disease may trigger conditions that effect the lungs, if allowed to go unchecked.
What happens is local irritation in the Oesophagus can cause symptoms that range from indigestion, like chest discomfort and abdominal pain, to coughing and wheezing. If the gastric acid reaches the back of the throat, it may cause a bitter taste in the mouth and inhaling of the gastric acid into the lungs. The acid can cause throat irritation, nasal drip and hoarseness, as well as recurrent cough, chest congestion and lung inflammation leading to asthma and in severe cases pneumonia.
Don’t leave it. If you have a night time cough, nasty taste in your mouth in the night, wheezing or pain go and get it checked. A 15 minute medical appraisal could be the difference between a good night’s sleep and pulmonary complications.