Jun. 18, 2008
In some people, irritating stomach acid may flow back into the oesophagus, and sometimes up to the throat / back of nose. This causes irritation and muscle spasm in the throat. Some of the possible symptoms are coughing, laryngeal spasm, burning or soreness (“heartburn”), throat clearing, variable huskiness, excessive mucus, post nasal drip, bad taste and a sensation of a lump in the throat ( Globus Pharyngeus). In fact 5-12% of people may get reflux without the typical “heartburn” symptoms.
The following instructions are to help neutralise the acid in the stomach, to reduce the production of acid and to prevent acid from coming up the oesophagus.
- Take an antacid in liquid form (Mylanta etc) or Tablets (eg Quickeze) after meals and at bedtime. If symptoms persist, despite also taking antacid midway between meals, consult your general practitioner. Further medication may be required eg. Omeprazole Read the rest of this entry »