In some people, irritating stomach acid juices may leak out of the stomach
and into the esophagus and throat. This causes irritations and muscle
spasms in the throat due to the “Mucosal acid burn.” Over
50% of patients with ear, nose and throat symptoms from stomach acid have
no indigestion. Some of the symptoms that people have include:
- Sore throat
- Throat clearing
- Excess mucous
- Lump in the throat
- Bad breath
- Ear pain
- Worsening asthma
- Recurrent bronchial, sinus & ear infections
Acid Reflux most commonly occurs when you are asleep, when the valve between your
stomach and esophagus (swallowing tube) is relaxed. Predisposing factors
include Hiatal hernia, Diabetes or Peptic Ulcer Disease. When Acid Reflux
occurs, it may wake you up causing a coughing spasm.
The following instructions are designed to help neutralize the stomach
acids, reduce the production of acid, and prevent acid from coming up
the esophagus. You should use as many of the following suggestions as
needed to obtain relief.
- Take one tablespoon of an antacid in liquid form (Maalox, Mylanta, Gaviscon,
Tums) after breakfast and before bedtime.
- Do not eat 3 or 4 hours before bedtime (liquids are OK)
- Sleep with the head of the bed elevated. Place cinder blocks, wood or bricks
under the legs of the bed to achieve this
- Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine are stomach irritants and should be avoided.
Diet modification is helpful, change to a
low-fat, high-fiber diet, (avoid large quantities). Eat more often with smaller quantities. Timing
If you are overweight,
- Avoid tightly fitting clothes. Avoid bending, stooping and straining.