Heartburn is one of the first things he asks patients about when they come in for asthma treatment. He says there are two theories about why heartburn worsens asthma symptoms.
"There's ... the theory that (acid) actually goes all the way up into your throat, and it goes into your airway and irritates your airways," he says. "Or the other theory that (acid) actually irritates your nerves, which are connected to the same nerves that are in charge of you having coughing."
So the next time your asthma acts up, ask your health care provider if heartburn could be the real problem.