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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi Doctors,
I am 25 Y-old male. I have had acid reflux for over two weeks. I am on Zantac for almost a week now, taking it two to three times a days. I'm still not able to burp and my symptoms have changed from heartburn to hoarseness, dry cough and constant shortness of breath as well as completely blocked nose at random. I don't have flu and no history of asthma. Also there's gurgling in the stomach regularly. The throat blockage is still there feeling like a lump, but not very regular. Whats troubling most is i can't breath properly through my lungs, it just comes up short.
My next appointment is in 10 days time but my only concern is i can't breath properly its really troubling. Pls Assist
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Let me read your query and pl give me a couple of minutes
User :   yes pls
Doctor :   Acid refluxes can cause irritation of the larynx and it can swell the inner lining of them
Doctor :   causing short of breath
Doctor :   The best way to go ahead is: User :   i see, its bin there constantly for a week now
Doctor :   1) Steam inhalations four times a day with menthol or eucalyptus oil
Doctor :   2) Avoid milk and its products for time bing
Doctor :   being
Doctor :   Restrict chocolate, peppermint
Doctor :   3) Sleep on the left lateral side
Doctor :   4) Never wear tight clothes
Doctor :   5) If Omeprazole tablet is over the counter, then you can choose take them early in the morning, before the breakfast
User :   let me note that pls
Doctor :   Or else you can take simple antacids three times a day
User :   antacids are medications as well?
Doctor :   yes
User :   Omerpzole is stronger or works differently? Zantac is not working
Doctor :   Omeprazole is better than Zantac
Doctor :   but in some countries is a prescription based
Doctor :   though FDA has approved its OTC
Doctor :   status
User :   how long do i havve to take it for
Doctor :   Usually Omeprazole is advised for 2 to 4 weeks by doctors
Doctor :   if symptoms improve then it is continued for 4 more weeks
Doctor :   otherwise they can go for Upper GI Endoscopy
User :   okay thanks alot so far, my only concern is this constant asthmatic feeling, the rest i can put up with, ihope i can go back to normal breath
User :   ing
Doctor :   The acid triiggers a spasmodic reflex in the upper airways
Doctor :   and thus the airways constrict
Doctor :   It usually is more in the night
Doctor :   when one lies down
Doctor :   The spasms causes asthmatic feeling
User :   the steam inhaling will help i believe
Doctor :   If the steam inhalations is not helping, you probably should get it examined
Doctor :   asap
User :   okay
User :   Okay i will follow your instructions and take Omeprazole once a day
User :   avoiding acidic foods as well
Doctor :   40mg is helpful, if available
Doctor :   Avoid spicy and oily food
Doctor :   If the Omeprazole does not help, Pulmonary function tests and Upper GI Endoscopy should be options
User :   am i able to have spicy foods and stuff i recover
User :   if
Doctor :   Not now
Doctor :   Even if you recover do not start again
User :   how long before i can
Doctor :   If you recover from symptoms, you should at least wait for 2 months
User :   okay an i can exercise as normal
User :   ?
Doctor :   you should exercise daily
User :   okay thanks alot for your time, one last question there a alot of gurgling in the stomach regularly
Doctor :   Omeprazole helps
User :   okay
Doctor :   Do not eat till the brim of stomach
Doctor :   THis is probably the best modification
User :   in small portions you mean
Doctor :   yes
User :   okay
User :   omeprazole is UK name
User :   if i may ask
Doctor :   It is generic name of the drug
Doctor :   all over the world
User :   so the pharmacist will know
Doctor :   losec, zanprol are famous brand names in UK
User :   okay thanks alot for you r patience and your time
Doctor :   Pleasure here
Doctor :   Thank you
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   i will follow the advice and medication, hopefully i can burp and breath normal soon
User :   bye
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