What Causes a Burning Throat and How Is It Treated

What causes burning sensation in throat?

Burning sensation in throat (also called burning throat) is caused by several factors. Some of them are:

Vomiting or choking on vomit;

Excessive coughing up blood; and/or

Coughing up phlegm.

The following are some symptoms which may indicate that you have a problem with your throat:

1. Vomiting from time to time; 2. Coughing up blood; 3. Excessive coughing up blood; 4. Chest pain; 5.

Difficulty breathing; 6. Heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease); 7. Feeling like you cannot speak clearly due to the burning feeling in your throat; 8. Feeling as if something is stuck in your throat or stomach; 9. Feeling as if you want to throw up all the time; 10. Headache; 11. Nausea; 12. Painful swallowing; 13. Rashy skin rash around mouth area; 14. Severe headache, dizziness, weakness, numbness or tingling in hands and feet, loss of balance or coordination, trouble walking or standing up straight, trouble speaking normally and other problems related to your throat.

How is it treated?

The medical condition in which you experience a burning sensation in your throat is called aphonia. In this condition, you are not able to speak normally (if at all). This can be accompanied by other symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty swallowing and coughing up blood.

This condition may be caused by several factors, including acid reflux, loose cartilage or (rarely) panic attacks.

Other causes may be allergic reactions to certain foods (such as spicy foods), smoking, overuse of voice, certain drugs such as antidepressants, the flu or a respiratory infection.

The medical treatment depends on the cause of the problem. For example, if it is GERD then you may need prescription drugs to treat this medical condition. If it is due to an allergic reaction you may need anti-histamines or other drugs. Please consult your physician for medical advice and treatment.

It is also important that you maintain good health and well-being and do not abuse your body in any way. Follow a proper diet and exercise routine and stop smoking.

Non-medical treatment, such as drinking warm tea with honey and lemon, can also provide some relief. Please consult your physician for other non-medical tips and advice.

Other suggested treatments:

* Warm drinks like tea, hot chocolate or apple cider may help to soothe and provide relief for a sore throat. * Gargle with warm water to relieve a sore throat. * Gargle with salt water to relieve a sore throat. * Gargle with a cup of apple cider vinegar to relieve a sore throat.

It is important that you see your doctor or dentist as soon as possible if:

* You have vomiting or diarrhea; * You experience swelling in your face, lips or tongue; * You have difficulty swallowing; * You have difficulty speaking; * Your symptoms do not get better within a few days; or * You experience sudden or severe pain in your chest.

The above medical information is for reference only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

Sources & references used in this article:

Treatment with hypertonic saline versus normal saline nasal wash of pediatric chronic sinusitis by D Shoseyov, H Bibi, P Shai, N Shoseyov… – Journal of allergy and …, 1998 – Elsevier

Effect of zincum gluconicum nasal gel on the duration and symptom severity of the common cold in otherwise healthy adults by SB Mossad – Qjm, 2003 – academic.oup.com

Prevalence of subjective dry mouth and burning mouth in hospitalized elderly patients and outpatients in relation to saliva, medication, and systemic diseases by H Pajukoski, JH Meurman, P Halonen… – … Surgery, Oral Medicine …, 2001 – Elsevier

Omeprazole for the treatment of posterior laryngitis by PL Kamel, D Hanson, PJ Kahrilas – The American journal of medicine, 1994 – Elsevier