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How to Tell between Throat Burn Causes: Infection vs Acid Reflux Disease

By Edited Nov 30, 2015 0 0

Common Culprits: Allergies, Infections, and Diseases

Sometimes it’s not easy to tell the difference between throat burn caused by acid reflux and other conditions such as tonsillitis, strep throat, allergic reactions to things like pollen, hay, ragweed.  With some conditions such as laryngitis or tonsillitis as well as strep throat, there will be obvious signs of infection visible to the eye like inflamed tonsils or a white tongue.  Also, things like a throat abscess or chronic pharyngitis or laryngitis are often quite easy to diagnose a walk-in clinic or by your family Doctor, without the need of additional tests.  While acid reflux symptoms me closely mirror esophagitis symptoms and other symptoms like little red throat or throat bumps, for example, that might make diagnoses by a lay person more difficult, we can review the differences easily.

Acid Reflux Symptoms and the Nightlife

The first dead giveaway for acid reflux symptoms is associated stomach pain.  Sometimes people have problems with stomach pain, cramping, bloating, as well as other digestive issues.  In addition, many healthy people occasionally experience acid reflux and similar stomach problems that might be caused by one night of overdoing it with fatty foods and alcohol before bedtime.  Incidentally, that is the first take away, both throat infections as well as acid reflux symptoms can cause of the hoarse throat in the morning.  The first question to ask yourself is whether you ate foods and drank beverages right before bed that might cause stomach acid to back up into the esophagus when lying down with the full belly.  This might include foods that take longer to digest as well as foods that you don’t tolerate very well.  One basic natural treatment for acid reflux is remaining upright after what might be a problematic meal.  Obviously that means not passing out on the couch after drinking a bottle of wine in eating a platter of spicy nachos with the side of chicken wings.

Take that Infection to the Doctor!

Most often a red throat will be an infection such as strep and not acid reflux.  That being said, it’s not uncommon for people with more complicated conditions to come down with sinusitis, for example, after serious acid reflux as become chronic.  A real concern gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as, GERD.  There’s a big difference between a one-off case of stomach upset and a chronic condition.  If you’re in doubt visit your Physician instead of trying to self diagnosis or self medicate.  That being said, I generally like to read about my symptoms before visiting my Physician so that I can have a more informed conversation.  If my symptoms are not that acute I might try out a natural remedy.  The main point is to not gamble with your health or make a guess on what your symptoms mean.

Throat Irritation from Diet and Lifestyle

Just to quickly review that last point, the main take away is that if you are experiencing stomach issues, pain, or cramping, in addition to throat burn, a hoarse throat in the morning, and pains swallowing, possible that you are suffering from acid reflux symptoms.  Examine your diet from the hours before and see if you can isolate any common problematic foods.  There are some foods that commonly cause, or can increase the likelihood, of acid reflux and normal heartburn will not indicating a more serious condition, necessarily.  Common main offenders are caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, and spicy foods.  In addition, there in many foods that will be difficult to digest for some people but not others.  Some people will have IBS or ulcerative colitis, for example that might lead to heartburn and acid reflux symptoms. In these cases, you might have stomach symptoms frequently and mistake throat infections for stomach related issues. If this is the case you might have two serious conditions on your hands.

Weakened Immune System

Gastro-intestinal reflux disease, as well as other digestive disorders they have the effect of weakening your immune system.  To make matters worse acid reflux can lead to increased incidence of sinusitis, certain types of cancer, as well as other conditions such as the throat abscess.  In other words, it is entirely possible to have an infection and related throat problem such as scratchy throat, throat bumps, pain and swallowing, a red throat, that are essentially secondary infections related to gerd, IBS, crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis.  It is very important to treat their route condition and take a holistic approach even though medication may be required for an acute infection, or to manage other symptoms related to stomach issues, such as antacids or PPI medication for heartburn or gerd symptoms.

Bad Breath

Another misleading symptom that both acid reflux disease sufferers, as well as people if a throat infection often experience is bad breath.  If you’re making a determination of what’s wrong with you first thing in the morning, you should make sure that you don’t label morning breath a symptom.  If however, you notice a white thrush on your tongue, or an overly red throat, or even whiteness on your tonsils these are both signs of infection as well as bad breath.  Gerd and acid reflux disease, as well as other conditions like IBS, gluten intolerance or celiac disease, and crohn’s disease, not only cause stomach discomfort, as well as an acidic stomach in many cases, they can also cause bad breath when the stomach is out of balance or the stomach acid rises out of the stomach as a symptom of acid reflux disease, or even just a bloated stomach with the gas rises through frequent and excessive belching.

Timing of Throat Irritation Symptoms

To recap, if you wake up in the morning with a horse throat after a night at the pub, and you’re experiencing stomach pain as well as through pain you shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that you have a throat infection even though gerd may weaken your immune system.  It is important to look of the timing of symptoms when dealing with acid reflux or other conditions that might affect both the throat as well as the stomach.  A secondary infection caused by a weakened immune system that stemmed from unmanaged gastrointestinal disorders or IBS would not likely present first thing in the morning following a night of unhealthy drinking and eating where you otherwise felt fine.  Essentially, while the throat infection may cause more problems early in the morning in terms of a tight throat and pain swallowing or laryngitis symptoms, you shouldn’t jump to that conclusion when all the other factors point your behaviour and acid reflux disease, for example.

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