Burning Throat Pain. Why Does My Throat Hurt?

Some people experience burning throat pain when they swallow and others experience it even when their throat is at rest

Let us look at the first situation. A burning throat pain felt high in the neck or lower down, behind the breastbone when swallowing can prove to be cause by a problem anywhere from the mouth to the esophagus.

Common reasons for such a burning throat pain are various infections like tooth and gum infection, ulcers in the mouth or throat, inflammation in the esophagus, esophageal motor disorders, or presence of a foreign body like a fish bone.
If you feel burning throat pain while swallowing, do not gobble food. Chew it well before swallowing. Partake of fluids and pureed foods rather than solids and avoids extremely cold and extremely hot fluids and foods. It is advised that you consult your physician for the best course of treatment to alleviate the burning throat pain condition.

Here is the second situation of burning throat pain, when the throat is at rest. First let’s look at how the swallowing process works. When you swallow, the lower esophageal sphincter, a small muscle near the bottom of the esophagus, opens and liquids and food flow down into the stomach. Then, this opening closes. However, if this muscle eases oddly or becomes weak, there can be a back flow of stomach acid into your esophagus. This will cause heartburn that can spread to the throat and cause burning throat pain and a sour taste in the mouth. If this happens frequently, such as twice a week, seek advice from your physician.

For this condition, the usual treatment begins with acid controlling medication like antacids to neutralize stomach acid, medications to decrease the production of acid, medications to block the production of acid and to repair the esophagus.

You, too, can make some lifestyle changes to improve your situation. Control your weight as excess weight presses on the stomach and forces acid to back flow into the esophagus. Even clothes that fit tightly around the waist cause the same result. Fatty and fried foods, garlic, onion, chocolate, alcohol, etc. are common heartburn triggers – avoid them. Avoid smoking – it hinders the optimal functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter. Do not lie down for at least two hours after a heavy meal. When you do lie down, keep your feed about 6 to 8 inches higher than your head.

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