How Acid Reflux Affects Your ThroatDo you have to clear your throat or cough often? Are you hoarse? Do you have trouble swallowing? If you have these or other throat symptoms, you may have acid reflux. This occurs when stomach acid flows back up and irritates your throat.
Why you have throat symptoms
There are muscles (esophageal sphincters) at both ends of the tube that carries food to your stomach (the esophagus). These muscles relax to let food pass. Then they tighten to keep stomach acid down. When the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) doesn''t work well. Then acid can travel higher and enter your throat (pharynx). In many cases, this causes throat symptoms.
Common throat symptoms
- Need to clear your throat often
- Feeling like you''s instructions.