An otolaryngologist spoke about the connection between a sore throat and stomach problems

According to otolaryngologist Svetlana Marnova, there is a connection between problems with the gastrointestinal tract and a sore throat. How is it expressed?

We will talk about GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. This disease is characterized by disruption of the upper esophageal sphincter, as a result of which the contents of the stomach are thrown into the esophagus and pharynx.

This causes not only heartburn, belching, but also manifestations that can be mistaken for an ENT disease.

—Usually with GERD they complain of constant sore throat, prolonged cough, feeling a lump of mucus in the nasopharynx, some foreign body, a change in voice, as well as swallowing disorders, even asthma attacks, less often – problems with nasal breathing, the doctor noted.

A few typical signs of GERD:

1. Burns and chest discomfort. Patients often describe a burning or pressure sensation in the chest that may spread up to the throat. This often occurs after eating or while lying down.

2. Heartburn. Patients may experience a sensation of acid or food rising from the stomach into the throat or mouth. This may be accompanied by a bitter feeling in the mouth.

3. Belching and excessive drooling. Constantly wants to swallow.

4. Cough and difficulty breathing. Reflux of stomach acid can irritate the airways, causing coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing.

5. Increased sensitivity of the throat. Patients experience a feeling of a lump in the throat or a feeling that something is stuck in the throat.

6. Increased mucus and change in voice. GERD can cause excess mucus formation in the throat and changes in the voice, such as hoarseness or loss of voice.

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