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Acid Reflux Symptoms

Throat soreness, hoarseness, and other problems due to stomach acid

Acid reflux is a common condition. Everyone experiences a bit of heartburn at least some time in his or her life, but some individuals have chronic problems with the acid contents of the stomach refluxing to the esophagus. Reflux can silently mimic other 
problems, causing chronic symptoms 
that affect the throat, larynx, and 
other areas. Aria's ENT team can 
identify the basic of the problem 
and help to resolve it.
Often this occurs when the muscle that should close the opening between stomach and esophagus when needed (the esophageal sphincter) becomes lax and permits leakage of the stomach liquid back up in the wrong direction.

This can cause a number of symptoms that Aria’s ENT staff often help to identify and evaluate, including:

• a burning or tickling sensation in the throat, even to the back of the mouth;

• a need to clear the throat often (due to throat tissue producing mucus in response to irritation);
• hoarseness or change in voice, as the larynx is affected by inflammation;
• a chronic cough due to irritation of the throat.
 
William Henry, MD
Chief of Aria's 
Division of 
Otolaryngology,
 
sees all ENT patients 
at Aria and directs 
their treatment. He 
performs surgery and 
other procedures for 
Aria ENT patients. 
To schedule an 
appointment, please 
call  215-612-5390.
Often patients may think they simply have a chronically sore throat or other problem due to infections, exposures, or sensitivities, when in fact they are suffering from laryngopharyngeal reflux. Aria’s experience otolaryngologists can help to make this determination and treat these chronic symptoms in the throat and lower esophagus whether due to reflux or other causes.
 
Among standard, effective, conservative approaches to resolving acid reflux that the team will advise on and prescribe are:
• over-the-counter and prescription medications;
• adjustment of diet;
• timing of eating
• postural tips in sleeping, activities after meals, etc.
• evaluation for stress;
• and smoking control.
 
Some patients may need only short-term relief, while other may need to adhere to treatments for the long term. For patients who need additional evaluation or treatment for gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD), Aria’s ENT team may confer or collaborate with, or refer to, experts in Aria’s Division of Gastroenterology who are also highly practiced in caring for reflux disease and may examine the esophagus by endoscopy. 
 
When a patient’s reflux conditions cannot be adequately treated through medical means, he or she may be a candidate for certain surgical procedures that can help to control severe reflux by tightening the juncture of the stomach and esophagus. Aria’s general surgeons are exceptionally skilled in both surgery of the esophagus and surgery of the stomach for this condition.