"Dr. Hecht has always been a wonderful doctor when I need to see him.."
"He's very knowledgeable and has great bedside manner. He was also very honest with me ."
Dr. Astrachan is the best doctor I have ever had the privilege of being a patient for. "
"If you cannot breathe properly do yourself a favor and go see Dr. Astrachan."
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Many chronic coughs are due to asthma or allergies, but those that aren't are often due to a condition called atypical gastroesophageal refluxdisease,
or GERD. Typical GERD manifests with heartburn and acid reflux, but atypical GERD often goes undiagnosed because it causes different symptoms, including a chronic cough.
Atypical symptoms of GERD include:
In fact, as many as 60% of people with GERD don't experience classic reflux symptoms, so people with a chronic cough need to rule out GERD as a potential cause.
Dr. Astrachan and Dr. Hecht have extensive experience using the tools that diagnose GERD. They're also able to treat the complications common with GERD, like throat inflammation, ulcers of the esophagus, and chronic cough.
GERD is diagnosed based off symptoms and a trial of GERD medication. Sometimes imaging tests, like an endoscopic examination, are used to determine if GERD is causing of the symptoms.
For patients with GERD, Dr. Astrachan and Dr. Hecht prescribe antacid medications to control acid in the stomach and esophagus. Patients also lessen their symptoms by avoiding foods known to trigger acid reflux. Surgical procedures to tighten the lower esophagus and prevent acid reflux can also be quite effective. Losing weight and quitting smoking also help. Working with Dr. Astrachan or Dr. Hecht, who have extensive understanding of GERD and its ramifications, increases a patient's chances of finding an effective solution.
Patients with GERD need to find a solution because this particular condition can cause a number of complications, especially of the esophagus, throat, and nose. These include:
To prevent these complications and put a stop to chronic cough problems, make an appointment with Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut today.