Do you often feel like there’s something stuck in your throat? Something there that you just can’t swallow, but you can’t cough it up either?
That feeling is called a “globus sensation” and no, you’re not crazy! Many people have this feeling and very often, it’s cause by stomach acid. What happens is that stomach acid refluxes, or travels, up through your esophagus, the tube food goes down to your stomach. This acid irritates the back of your voice box causing it to swell. When this happens, the swelling touches the back of your throat and it feels like something is stuck in your throat.
The swelling can block mucus draining down your throat, causing the mucus to spill over onto your vocal cords. Often this causes you to “clear your throat” and can lead to hoarseness.
Your voice box and upper airway is very sensitive to stomach acid. Even just a small amount of acid can cause a lot of inflammation and swelling. However, a small amount of acid is usually not enough to cause heartburn pain. So people without heartburn can still have this problem.
Proper treatment from a ENT physician can help you feel better and make this feeling disappear.
If you’re interested in learning more about allergy and sinus treatment options from Dr. Franzese and her team of specialists please call her office directly at (757) 889-5632.
About Dr. Franzese
Christine Franzese, MD, FAAOA, is a board certified otolaryngologist. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Franzese’s specialties include: allergies and allergy shots, sinus problems (acute and chronic), mild asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid masses or nodules, salivary gland disorders and nodules, and pediatric ENT issues (ear infections, tonsillitis). She has surgical expertise with removing tonsils and adenoids, thyroidectomies, parathyroidectomies, parotidectomies, and has extensive experience with sinus surgeries. She offers functional endoscopic sinus surgery, image-guided sinus surgery, and balloon sinuplasty procedures.