If you suffer from a foul taste in the back of your throat, read what this ear, nose and throat doctor has to say about this annoying problem.

Have you been suffering from a foul taste in the back of your throat, even though this cannot be explained by anything you’ve eaten or otherwise ingested?

“Foul taste in the throat can be from: chronic sinus problems, acid reflux or tonsil stones,” says Dr. Stacey Silvers, MD, of Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in NYC, who is board certified in otolaryngology; one of her specialties is sinus surgery.

Tonsil stones can result, says Dr. Silvers, from the buildup of mucous and old food in the tonsil cavities.

“A chronic sinus infection can have a sour tasting mucous that can drip in the throat; more severe foul taste is noted with an acute infection.

“Acid reflux causes stomach acid to come up, causing many patients to experience a sour taste and bad breath.”

Acid Reflux. Image: BruceBlaus

Another cause of a foul taste in the back of the throat can be stress and anxiety.

Dr. Silvers says that stress is a major contributing factor to the issue of acid reflux.

Stomach acid production gets increased by stress.

This can then cause the acid to reflux up into the throat.

This annoying symptom can also be caused by a hiatal hernia, which can cause or aggravate GERD.

An NYC expert in ear, nose and throat care, Dr. Silvers has been named among America’s Top Physicians and Surgeons in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology numerous times since 2003.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 


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