Throat Problems & Acid Reflux

Updated April 17, 2017

Acid reflux disease causes a backup of stomach acid into the oesophagus, or gullet. This acid can cause many irritations, including sore throats.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is created by stomach acid being regurgitated into the oesophagus. The medical name for acid reflux is gastro-oseophageal reflux disease, or GERD.

Throat Problems

Some of the throat problems caused by acid reflux are sore throat, weakened voice, hoarseness, problems with swallowing and a feeling that the throat is coated in a mucuslike substance.


According to the University of Michigan Health System, GERD symptoms include, sore throat, shortness of breath, excessive phlegm in the throat, coughing and postnasal drip.

Acid Reflux Treatment

Acid reflux can be treated with antacids, such as Tums and Rolaids. Recurring reflux may need to be treated with prescription medications.

Sore Throat Treatment

Treatment for throat problems caused by acid reflux should include pain treatment and the treatment of the acid reflux. Throat pain is usually treated with over-the-counter analgesics, such as ibuprofen. Cough syrups and expectorants may help with coughing and excess mucus.

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