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What is going on with my throat? What kind of doctor should I see? I remember when i was younger it felt like what i'm guessing is my esophagus was burning. My parents would tell me to drink water, it never helped. Sometimes my throat would get so dry i w

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Dr. Laura McMullen
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Even though i can't tell for sure what is going on without examining you, it sounds a lot like you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The symptoms include: - heartburn - sore throat - "lump in the throat" sensation or difficulty swallowing - acidic or sour taste in your mouth - dry cough - hoarseness - regurgitation (wet burps) symptoms are often worse while laying down or with weight gain you should see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) or a gastroenterologist. In the meantime, there are many things you can try in order to improve your symptoms: - try antacids such as Tums (calcium carbonate) or maalox or try an acid reducer such as ranitidine (zantac) or Famotidine (pepcid). - try to get back down to a healthy weight - eat smaller meals - avoid heartburn triggers such as soda, tomato, citrus, caffeine - if you smoke - stop smoking - wait at least three hours after a meal before laying down good luck!

In brief: Even

Even though i can't tell for sure what is going on without examining you, it sounds a lot like you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The symptoms include: - heartburn - sore throat - "lump in the throat" sensation or difficulty swallowing - acidic or sour taste in your mouth - dry cough - hoarseness - regurgitation (wet burps) symptoms are often worse while laying down or with weight gain you should see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) or a gastroenterologist. In the meantime, there are many things you can try in order to improve your symptoms: - try antacids such as Tums (calcium carbonate) or maalox or try an acid reducer such as ranitidine (zantac) or Famotidine (pepcid). - try to get back down to a healthy weight - eat smaller meals - avoid heartburn triggers such as soda, tomato, citrus, caffeine - if you smoke - stop smoking - wait at least three hours after a meal before laying down good luck!
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