Acid Reflux Throat SymptomsPosted on May 27th, 2010 No comments
Acid reflux disease causes acid from the stomach to go somewhere it’s not supposed to be… your esophagus. So it comes as no surprise that many of the symptoms involve the throat. Here are some of the most common acid reflux throat symptoms:
Heartburn: This is the most common throat symptom linked to this disease. In fact, it’s so common that many people will not pay attention when it occurs. They will try and tell themselves it’s a normal occurrence. But just because it’s common, it doesn’t mean you should ignore it.
This burning feeling is caused by your stomach acid. It’s your body’s way of telling you there’s something wrong going on. The cells of the esophagus are not designed to endure contact with this acid, so when it happens, the tissue is injured. When its repeatedly exposed to this acid, some serious problems can arise.
Coughing: Of course this symptom could be linked to many diseases and conditions, and one of them happens to be acid reflux disease. Of course it’s a no brainer why this occurs – the acid irritates the throat and esophagus to the point it provokes coughing. In fact, it’s reportedly a very common cause of chronic coughing in non-smokers.
Regurgitation: Among the most common acid reflux throat symptoms is regurgitation. More often than not this doesn’t mean someone is throwing up their meal, rather it could be something as little as the burping of liquid that is coughed up and re-swallowed before it ever reaches the mouth. The acid will cause a tingling, burning sensation in the throat. Depending on how high it goes, sometimes you can taste it also.
Laryngitis: The larynx can become inflamed due to the irritation of acid reflux. Naturally this symptom often goes along with things like a dry cough, a horsy voice, and/or difficult speaking.
Wheezing: This is an acid reflux throat symptom that can occur in people with asthma, as well as people that don’t have it. As you can guess, the cause of this symptom is also the stomach acid irritating the esophagus and surrounding airway tissues.
How to treat your acid reflux throat symptoms?
If you’re having one of more of these symptoms you should speak to a doctor. Since the acid reflux throat symptoms can also be linked to different conditions, it’s important to have a doctor do the diagnosis. They can also advise you on what course of treatment would be best; there are many treatments/remedies available for acid reflux symptoms.