Can Acidity Cause Fever?

Acidity or acid reflux itself is not likely to directly cause fever. However, in some cases, the irritation and inflammation caused by frequent acid reflux can lead to other health issues that might be associated with fever. Here are a few scenarios where acidity could indirectly contribute to fever:

  • Infections: Chronic acid reflux can sometimes cause irritation and damage to the esophagus. If this irritation leads to open sores or ulcers, it could potentially increase the risk of secondary infections. Infections might cause symptoms such as fever, along with other signs of illness.
  • Aspiration Pneumonia: Acid reflux can cause stomach contents, including acid, to flow back into the throat and even into the lungs. This is known as aspiration. If stomach acid enters the lungs, it can lead to irritation, inflammation, and infection, which might result in pneumonia. Pneumonia is often accompanied by fever.
  • Complications from GERD: If chronic acid reflux is left untreated and becomes severe, it can lead to complications like Barrett’s esophagus, a condition where the lining of the esophagus changes and increases the risk of esophageal cancer. In some cases, these complications can cause symptoms that might be associated with fever.

It’s important to emphasize that fever is not a common symptom of acid reflux on its own. If you have symptoms of fever or other concerning symptoms, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.