Can Allergies Cause Acid Reflux Symptoms?

Suffering from allergies is never fun, and during certain seasons of the year, your symptoms can cause severe irritation. When allergies strike, you could end up dealing with sniffling, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. Allergies are a nuisance, but symptoms can be especially hard to deal with if you also have acid reflux.

In this blog, Manhattan Otolaryngologist, Dr. David O. Volpi will explain the symptoms of allergies and answer the question, “can allergies cause acid reflux?”

What are the Symptoms of Allergies?

Allergy symptoms can vary from person to person, but there are many common signs that allergies are to blame for your discomfort. If you are suffering from seasonal allergies, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nasal irritation and congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, irritated throat
  • Hives
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

Allergies can be diagnosed by an otolaryngologist (ear nose and throat doctor). If you do have allergies, it’s important to get them treated, so that they do not lead to worsened symptoms. Allergies may also impact other conditions that you suffer from.

Can My Allergies Cause Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a medical condition that causes acidic gastric fluid to be regurgitated into your esophagus, which causes painful heartburn. So, what is the tie between acid reflux and heartburn? Well, when your allergies worsen, your sinuses and nasal passages swell and become congested. This can lead to sinus infections. When the infected mucus drains from your sinus, it can drip into your stomach, leading to acid reflux.

Allergies can also aggravate your acid reflux disease by causing you to cough and sneeze, forcing acid upward and making your symptoms more severe. Sinus drainage from untreated allergies can also increase your stomach discomfort. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, getting your drainage, sneezing and coughing under control will help you to find relief from your acid reflux pain.

What are the Treatments when Allergies Cause Acid Reflux Symptoms?

There are many treatment options when seasonal allergies cause acid reflux symptoms. The course of treatment that is prescribed for you will be based on your individual symptoms, needs and tolerances.

Allergies symptoms can often be controlled by the use of prescribed or over-the-counter antihistamines. These medications prevent the release of histamine, a compound released by your cells in response to an allergic reaction. This helps to reduce your symptoms. Decongestants and nasal sprays may also be prescribed to clear your nasal passages and improve your breathing.

Of course, the most effective way to prevent allergy symptoms of the ear, nose and throat, is to avoid irritating allergens, but for many, this is simply not possible. Fortunately, it is not difficult to find treatment.

Where Can I Find Treatment for my Allergies in NYC?

Dr. David O. Volpi is an experienced board certified otolaryngologist who is on staff at the finest hospitals in New York City, including Lennox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with conditions of the ear, nose and throat from his Upper East Side and Upper West Side offices.

ENT NY is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for our patients. Each patient receives individual treatment that fits his or her unique needs and lifestyle. We utilize the latest and most advanced ENT technologies to diagnose and treat our patients.

To schedule an appointment for your consultation at ENT NY, simply contact us, using our secure web form.

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