Stomach acidAcid reflux refers to the condition in which the partially digested food containing stomach acids travels back into the esophagus causing heartburn and esophageal damage. One of the things which are not obviously linked to the disease is an acid reflux sore throat.
Digestive system is partially controlled by circular band of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter. This muscle acts like a none return valve and is positioned at the lower end of the esophagus and above the stomach at the top of the diaphragm separating the two. When the food enters the stomach, this muscle closes so as to prevent the partially digested materials from traveling back into the esophagus. But when the lower esophageal sphincter is rendered incompetent, the stomach contents are allowed to reflux back into the esophagus. The contents can go even higher and this is when you get an acid reflux sore throat.
Sore ThroatsSore throats due to acid reflux are not one of the first things you would associate with a sore throat. Usually they are attributed to sinus infection, an allergy to something, tonsillitis, cold and flu viruses to name but a few. A sore throat through acid reflux disease can also be accompanied with breathing difficulties due to a narrowing of the air passage.
Sore throat treatmentThe pain or other difficulties caused by a sore throat can be eased if not entirely cured with simple self-treatments that can be done at home or natural herbal remedies. For a normal sore throat gargling is a recommended practice. You may try gargling with warm water mixed with table salt. Drinking plenty of water is also very important. Get extra sleep, for this encourages faster recovery. Popsicles or cold drinks are good for sore throats. Humidifiers or vaporizers can be used to soothe the pain in the throat. Promoting the production of saliva may help if the sore throat is acid reflux related. This can be dome by sucking sweets or chewing gum and works as an alternative remedy. It is known that saliva contains bicarbonates that help neutralize the acids that might have remained in the throat due to the reflux.
But if home-treatments are not enough to ease your sore throat, medical treatments are available. If the sore throat is related to acid reflux then taking acid reflux medication will ease the amount of acid refluxing into the throat so that any inflamed area may have a chance to heal. The intake of medicine is particularly advised for those who experience associated symptoms like difficulty in breathing, dehydration, and severe pains. Take antibiotics if you feel that viral or bacterial infections have further developed in the throat. Also, rheumatic fever can be prevented from arising, though this condition is very much uncommon. Corticosteroids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect, can help in case of critical sore throat conditions.