What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

Symptoms of acid reflux are burning of the chest, coughing, voice fatigue and clearing of the throat.

Symptoms of acid reflux include:
  • Burning pain behind the breastbone that may or may not radiate up toward your neck (heartburn)
  • Heartburn that worsens when you eat, lie down, or bend over
  • Feeling that food or other stomach contents are coming back up into your throat
  • Sour or bitter taste in the back of your mouth
Occasional acid reflux may be painful, but it's usually not something to worry about. However, when acid reflux happens frequently (two or more times a week, for example) it could cause some serious health complications.

There are symptoms of reflux that can occur outside of the esophagus. These include cough, sore throat, and possibly even asthma. If these types of symptoms are occurring in conjunction with esophageal-related symptoms such as heartburn, it is possible that they are being aggravated by acid reflux.

Betty Long, RN, MHA
Nursing Specialist

Signs of acid reflux include heartburn (painful burning in your chest or mid stomach), chest pain, especially when lying down, burning in the back of your throat, hoarseness or sore throat, bitter or acid taste in your mouth, dry cough or frequent belching.

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