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 What causes a burning sensation in the throat?

Find out why this may be a sign of an underlying gastrointestinal condition.

What causes a burning sensation in the throat?

Find out why this may be a sign of an underlying gastrointestinal condition

A burning sensation in the throat could happen due to several reasons, like an infection in the oesophagus or postnasal drip.

Usually, this sensation in the throat is not a major cause for concern but if it’s persistent and the pain becomes worse over time, you may need to pay a visit to a gastrointestinal specialist.

While the sensation isn’t a medical condition on its own, it may be a symptom of an underlying gastrointestinal condition.

What are the common causes?

GORD

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease happens when the lower oesophageal sphincter muscle fails to close properly. This allows digestive acids from the stomach to move up into the oesophagus causing a burning sensation in the throat.

It’s estimated that GORD affects about 15% of the Australian population, with individuals over 40 years of age being more likely to be diagnosed with it.

Common symptoms include:

  • Regurgitation
    • Since the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) does not function properly, it can lead to food in the stomach moving into the oesophagus and causing patients to vomit
  • Dysphagia
    • When stomach contents move into the oesophagus, it makes swallowing food and drinks more difficult.

Barrett’s oesophagus

This condition usually occurs as a result of GORD. Over time, the acid reflux damages the linings of the oesophagus, causing it to change.

Patients with Barrett’s oesophagus may experience a burning pain in their throat every time they eat or when acid reflux occurs.

Barrett’s oesophagus

This condition usually occurs as a result of GORD. Over time, the acid reflux damages the linings of the oesophagus, causing it to change.

Patients with Barrett’s oesophagus may experience a burning pain in their throat every time they eat or when acid reflux occurs.

Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease causes parts of the gastrointestinal tract, especially the intestines, to become inflamed. In rare cases, it can affect the oesophagus as well.

It’s estimated that over 80,000 Australians are affected by Crohn’s disease.

This condition is not curable and its cause is not known. It can, however, be treated to keep symptoms under control.

Insights on common GI diseases

Are burning sensations in the throat a cause for concern?

A burning feeling in the throat may be a cause for concern depending on the condition causing it. 

GORD is not usually life-threatening but it can lead to the oesophagus being damaged over time, leading to Barrett’s oesophagus.

People with Barrett’s oesophagus have a chance of developing oesophageal cancer. Though the risk of cancer is very small, if you have this condition, you may need to get a precautionary cancer screening.

Visit the Sydney Gut Clinic

At the Sydney Gut Clinic, our highly qualified gastroenterologists specialise in diagnosing and treating a multitude of conditions at our state-of-the-art facility.

If you’re experiencing symptoms like a burning sensation in the throat, get in touch with our specialists today for the support you need.

You can find our clinic at the Alexandria Specialist Day Hospital.

FAQ

How can GORD be treated?

Antacids can be used to neutralise stomach acid and lessen the pain caused by reflux. Other treatments include following special diets to keep GORD flares at a minimum.

Can Barrett’s oesophagus be reversed?

Unfortunately, Barrett’s oesophagus cannot be reversed by any kind of medication. By treating the underlying cause of Barrett’s oesophagus, the progress of the condition may be slowed down.

How can Crohn’s disease be tested?

There are several ways to test for Crohn’s:

  • Blood tests
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Tissue biopsy

Consult a gastrointestinal specialist today for diagnosis and treatment