Perennial and seasonal allergies can affect not only your sinuses but your digestive system as well. The symptoms of GERD are not truly allergic but they can be related to a direct result of the allergic response. We know that allergies can cause gastroesophageal irritation stemming from the allergies themselves, which can cause GERD. We also know that allergy causes flare-ups of sinus problems, and that sinus problems cause a flare-up of GERD. People have demonstrated this connection, even though the exact scientific analysis has not been documented.
It is also interesting to note that the body is thought to be instinctively turned off to certain foods that may cause adverse digestive symptoms. Think for a moment about what foods you never eat and what foods you eat daily. The foods you avoid may in fact cause either an allergic response, GERD, or laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD). However, you may not realize that you are eating these foods if they appear as an ingredient in a processed, packaged, or prepared food, or a food that may be cooked at a friend’s house or restaurant.
It is important to keep a food diary of foods that you think you either have an allergic reaction to or cause GERD, so that you can definitively
determine your problem. Sharing this information with your allergist is an important step toward better health.