can acid reflux cause a sore throat

Whether you use medications or lifestyle strategies (or both), it’s important to manage your GERD symptoms. Chronic, unmanaged acid reflux can contribute to throat soreness and can lead to complications.

Possible complications of acid reflux on the throat include:

Esophagitis: Irritation of the tissues lining the throat is due to the potent nature of stomach and esophageal acids.
Clearing the throat: Some people with GERD feel the need to clear their throats frequently, creating soreness and hoarseness.
Dysphagia: This is difficulty swallowing when scar tissue forms in the esophageal lining from GERD. Narrowing of the esophagus can also lead to throat pain and dysphagia.
Coughing: Chronic coughing can cause sore throat and inflammation.