Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when acid from the stomach flows back or refluxes into the esophagus. The reflux of the acid irritates the lining of your esophagus and often causes a burning sensation.
When acid refluxes beyond the upper esophageal sphincter and into the back of throat, this is known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Adults with LPR frequently complain of excess throat mucus, throat clearing or the sensation of a lump in their throat. Some patients may have hoarseness or difficulty swallowing. These symptoms can be evaluated by an otolaryngologist who has the experience and tools to diagnose GERD or laryngeal reflux.
Most people with GERD or laryngeal reflux respond well to a combination of lifestyle changes and medication.