An ear, nose and throat doctor addresses the causes of a sore or painful Adam’s apple.

Are you feeling pain or soreness at or near the Adam’s apple?
“The Adam’s apple is also known as the thyroid cartilage,” says Dr. Stacey Silvers, MD, of Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in NYC, who is board certified in otolaryngology.

“If that area of the throat is sore, this may be from inflammation of the cartilage, inflammation of the thyroid gland which is close to this cartilage, or from acid reflux,” explains Dr. Silvers.

“Acid from the stomach comes up and irritates the back of the throat, causing redness and swelling.  The location of the swelling is behind the Adam’s apple in the throat, giving a sense that the Adam’s apple is the location of the pain.

“The throat pain and/or a lump in the throat may be the patient’s only symptom.   If the symptom is associated with fever or redness over the area, see your doctor as you may have an infection of the thyroid or the thyroid cartilage.”

Can stress cause acid reflux?

Dr. Silver says, “Stress is in many patients the cause of acid reflux and can cause a lump in the throat and throat pain.  Stress will increase the production of stomach acid and the acid can reflux up.”