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Why does my throat hurts when I drink orange or grapefruit juice?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Citrus = acid

Orange and grapefruit juice contain lots of acids including vitamin c.
So, if there are any ulcers or open sores in the mouth or throat, you can get a bad feeling. Tomatoes may do the same thing. Try avoiding these foods for a little while then, if the pain doesn't go away, see an ENT who can look inside your throat and get you some treatment.

In brief: Citrus = acid

Orange and grapefruit juice contain lots of acids including vitamin c.
So, if there are any ulcers or open sores in the mouth or throat, you can get a bad feeling. Tomatoes may do the same thing. Try avoiding these foods for a little while then, if the pain doesn't go away, see an ENT who can look inside your throat and get you some treatment.
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