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Difficulty swallowing, breathing problems, dilated pupils, bad breath. Symptoms of acid reflux?

It is about my 15 year old teen. He has been complaining of having problems swallowing and feeling like something is in his throat . This is not all the time. Last weekend he said at night he was having breathing problems, this also went away. We think he may have had acid reflux . He has been complaining about his pupils being dialated, not all the time. He also has bad breath.
Asked On : Thu, 22 Nov 2012
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Jun 2015
Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be attributed to GERD.
Gastro esophageal reflux disease is caused by the reflux of acid from stomach to esophagus due to relaxation of the sphincter at the lower part of esophagus.
If the refluxed acid enters the respiratory passage, it will cause damage to the respiratory tract & lead to breathing problems.

Management of GERD consists of:
1. Lifestyle modification- like weight reduction, sleeping on the left side, or with upper body raised.
2. Dietary modification- avoid consuming irritating substances such as acidic & rich foods, caffeine, etc.
3. Medical management- Proton pump inhibitors like Omeprazole, Pantoprazole,etc. (which prevent acid formation in stomach)
4. Surgical treatment- includes Fundoplication, done when medical measures fail.

So, if the symptoms still persist, it will be better to consult a Gastroenterologist, get a proper examination done & discuss regarding the management plan.

There is no need to worry...he will be fine.

Kindly let me know if you have any further queries.

You can ask me a direct query on this website using the below link:

Wishing your son a good health.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Wed, 29 May 2013
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