February 16, 2011
Burning of the Throat
Feeling a burning sensation in your throat could mean a couple different things. Regardless of the cause, feeling burning in your throat is very painful and unbearable. One of the main reasons that people experience burning of the throat is because of heartburn. Heartburn is a primary symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and acid reflux. Having heartburn does not absolutely indicate that you have GERD, but it is a very common sign. Frequent heartburn is probably a more accurate sign that you have GERD.
Acid reflux and GERD is caused when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is not working exactly as designed. The LES is a muscle that is circular that wraps around the bottom base of the esophagus. This muscle is supposed to let food into the stomach. If a LES is not working correctly, this can fail to stop acid in the stomach from getting into the esophagus. Stomach acid is caustic because this is what is used to digest the food we eat. Foods cannot fully decompose and go through the digestive process without gastric acids. This is the only way that food can become beneficial to our bodies. Without stomach acid, we could not utilize the nutrients found in food.
Stomach acid’s corrosive nature works well in the stomach because the stomach is built for that kind of exposure. The esophagus however, is not. The esophagus is not prepared to handle contact with stomach acid because it is more sensitive to the substance. Acid in the esophagus and throat is uncomfortable. The acid causes swelling, bruising and inflammation, creating a burning feeling that is annoying, uncomfortable and inconvenient. Stomach acid in your throat will make your breath smell and have a sour or bitter taste.
In addition to the burning sensation of the throat, heartburn has other symptoms. Chest pain, sore throat, hoarseness and chronic cough are a few. People that suffer from burning of the throat probably suffer from burning in the chest too. The stomach acid that burns the throat also burns the esophagus, which is located in the chest cavity. This location makes the chest feel soreness.
Considering that the burning pain you feel may be as a result of acid reflux disease or GERD, to relieve yourself of this sensation, there are some things that you can do. Try to drink as much water as possible. Water will help to dilute and weaken the acid. To prevent heartburn from occurring, eat less fattening foods and meals without caffeine, alcohol and garlic. Consuming smaller meals will decrease acid creation in the stomach. Figure out which food causes you to have heartburn, the main symptom of acid reflux. Try not to eat these foods too much. Digesting aloe juice, papaya and ginger are also ways to keep acid reflux at bay so that the burning sensation will not occur.
If you are experiencing burning of the throat and want to find out about how you can treat and prevent this, review The Reflux Remedy Report today.