Having the feeling of a “lump” in your throat can be extremely annoying. This sensation could be caused by numerous different things. Damage to the throat due to the incorrect swallowing of food or drink is one such cause. These traumatic events put strain on your throat and can cause the excess production of saliva or mucus. Acid reflux, and common illness can also cause this sensation. It is important to realize that the “lump in throat” feeling will generally heal with time. If you like me, a tad impatient, do not you worry, there are a few things you can do to get some relief from that sore and lumpy throat.
The most common cause of the lump in throat feeling is due to laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, otherwise known as (LPRD). Other diagnosis are also possible, but rare. These other diagnoses include neurological issues, or laryngeal cancer. The general symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux disease include: general throat harshness, postnasal drip, swelling of the throat, throat ache, excess mucus, and contraction.
The swelling feeling you may feel in your throat is called a globus feeling. Globus means ball-like, similar to a globe shape. So in essence, you feel like there is a ball in your throat. One common treatment option for laryngopharyngeal reflux disease is to use medicines like Nexium or Prilosec, which are commonly prescribed for heart burn and acid reflux issues. Taking these for three months has been said to remove this issue / feeling. Unfortunately this method is not always effective. Ask your doctor if this option would work out for you. In laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, the stomach fluids bubble up into the throat and cause irritation. Due to the nature of this disorder these reflux medications only tend to less the tartness of the stomach fluids, and not actually stop the reflux.
– Relax. If you or someone you know is having an issue ingesting food, or drinking liquids, rest your body; rest helps your throat heal and focus it's energy on fixing the issue at hand.
– Drink tea or “hot” water. Coffee also works. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to your warm water. This will provide you with a much needed release from whatever is causing your swallowing difficulties.
– Stretch Out. It may seem a bit weird, but stretching also aides in the healing process, by again, relaxing your body and throat muscles.
– Get some fresh air, and go for a walk. Practice inhaling and focus on relieving your stress. Acid reflux will tend to intensify if you have increased periods of nervousness / anxiousness.
– Take antacids. These will help if the lump in the throat is caused by acid reflux. It will help reduce the pain and sensitivity.
– Change Your Diet. Dietary problems and food allergies often will cause this globus sensation. Try avoiding overly spicy foods, as well as foods that are too oily in nature.
If you have any questions, please go ask a physician.