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After i eat, i always feel like i need to clear my throat. is this a sign of gerd?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Could be: This sounds like a classic symptom for acid reflux. Common symptoms: throat clearing (especially after meals), feeling like something is stuck in the throat, thick mucus, hoarseness, bitter taste in throat, throat irritation. See your local ENT who can use a camera and look at your vocal cords.
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
* Try preventing acid reflux first. Check your diet [caffeine/chocolate, alcohol, spicy, citrus, tomatoes, acidic foods], aspirin/non-steroid anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen. Consider using over-the-counter acid reducers [TUMS, antacids, H2-blockers] for 1-2 weeks. Eat small meals. After you eat, wait 2-3 hours before laying down. * if you're not better, see your doctor.
Nov 22, 2011
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Possibly: More likely, you are not clearing the saliva or have some pharyngeal residue (food residue behind the soft palate). Try drinking liquids between each bite. If the problem is more in the throat, an ENT doc can easily look to tell if there is anything more going on.

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