June 17, 2010

Relief from Sore Throat and Phlegm Caused by GERD

Posted in Category : Natural Cures

Phlegm is typically the term used to describe the mucus that is secreted by the nasal membranes that provides the necessary lubrication. Phlegm is sometimes produced in excess which may be on account of an infection, smoking, genetics and even climatic conditions. This excess production of phlegm may result in constant coughing, sneezing and even chest pain and congestion which could be quite uncomfortable. GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a medical condition wherein the stomach acids tend to back up into the esophagus of the affected person. Since the esophagus is not designed to handle corrosive substances such as stomach acids, GERD may result in several unpleasant symptoms such as reflux of the contents of the stomach into the throat, heartburn, vomiting, nausea and even thick phlegm in the throat. GERD can also lead to sinus problems, inflammation of the larynx, lungs and throat, asthma and coughing. Excessive production of GERD phlegm is basically explained as the body’s reaction to the acid that is invading the individual’s esophagus. The body tries to neutralize this acid in number of ways such as trying to trap the contents of the stomach and absorbing or neutralizing them.

Another way is to produce gummy, sticky GERD phlegm which then coats the esophagus and forms a protective cover from the corrosive action of the stomach acids. Hence, many people who suffer from GERD feel that they have something sticky at the back of their throat which is on account of the thickness and adherence of GERD phlegm. Those people who are prone to GERD should avoid bending frequently as this makes it easier for the stomach acids to move higher into the throat and hence the GERD phlegm production of the body will rise to such an extent that it may result in a sinus problem. However, GERD if treated tends to get cured, taking with it the sinus symptoms as well. Some home remedies for phlegm include mixing the extracts of ginger, cinnamon, and carnation along with some water or honey and drinking this concoction at least four to five times on a daily basis. One may also try an effective natural treatment of drinking a mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice and some warm water and honey to restrict the production of phlegm in the throat. Garlic is another natural food that is known for its curative treatment against phlegm. A few cloves of raw garlic may be consumed before going to bed to gain relief from phlegm.