Can Chocolate & Alcohol Trigger Asthma Symptoms?

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Chocolate and alcohol by themselves do not cause asthma symptoms, but they can cause acid reflux, which in turn can lead to symptoms of asthma. Find out what alcohol and chocolate can do to the esophagus and stomach with help from a licensed RN in this free video on asthma symptoms.

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Hi my name is Kayti Brosnan. I'm a Registered Nurse here in Austin, Texas and today's question is about chocolate and alcohol and if this can trigger an asthma symptom. Chocolate and asthma by themselves are not actually causing an asthma symptom but there is a secondary response that happens when two things happen one, the stomach produces more acid and this what occurs is called acid reflux. At the same time chocolate and alcohol are more likely to relax the sphincter or the muscle that it is at the top of the esophagus that is keeping the pressure in the stomach so it relaxes it and then it is also causing more stomach to be produced in your stomach. This in turn irritates your airway because your esophagus and your airway are right next to each other. So it is irritating that and then that triggers the asthma symptoms or the asthma exacerbation. So it is not actually the alcohol and the chocolate but it is what that is doing to your body.

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