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11 Symptoms of Acid Reflux

difficulty-swallowing3. Difficulty swallowing

Individuals also report difficulty swallowing when suffering from acid reflux. This is because it feels like something is blocking the throat or esophagus. Stomach acid released back into the esophagus can cause the formation of ulcers in the area which turn into scar tissue making the esophagal passage narrower.

For some people this may mean problems swallowing solid foods while tolerating liquids well, or the opposite where managing liquids can become increasingly difficult but swallowing solids is not a problem.

4. Dry cough

Some individuals experience and associate a persistent dry cough with acid reflux. This can happen since a lot of these cases do not display the classic symptoms of the diseases like heartburn but experience chronic cough instead. The cough can be brought on by acid reflux or even the reflux of nonacidic stomach contents.

This dry cough may be experienced mostly after eating or at night time. The cough will likely aggravate as the individual lies down or after having a smoke.

5. Sore throat

The lining of the esophagus can only handle a certain amount of stomach acid which when present in excess starts to irritate the throat. The result can be an acid taste in the mouth along with other mouth and throat symptoms including a sore throat, bad breath and some gum problems.

Since the lining of the esophagus is more sensitive than the lining of the stomach, these and other similar symptoms become more noticeable in the esophagus than in the stomach.