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I have burning sensation in chest with throat irritation and no fever. Please help.


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Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At April 5, 2020
Reviewed AtDecember 14, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 27-year-old male. I have had a mild burning sensation in the middle of the chest for the past few days and along with slight irritation in my throat. I also sometimes feel bloated and have slightly more than normal amount of burps. I have no cough or fever (checking temperature on a daily basis and highest is 98.6ºC).


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Based on your history and symptoms you may be having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If the acid goes up to the throat area, it might cause thick mucus. In this case, this is classified as laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR). You would need to take a different medication. I recommend you take Omeprazole 40 mg one tablet 30 minutes before breakfast for two to three weeks. I would also recommend you avoid oily, fatty, spicy, and dairy food. Avoid alcoholic, carbonated, and caffeinated drinks. Avoid smoking and avoid lying down within one hour after eating.

I hope this helps.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

I will follow your instructions. I also feel a slight pressure on my chest, could you please confirm if that is also a symptom of this? Additionally, If I am not having breakfast, is there another meal I can take the tablet with? Another occasional symptoms, I have are runny nose and sneezing (rare) are these linked or could that be due to something else?


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, the slight chest pressure may still be related to GERD.

Even if you are not having breakfast that is fine. What we want is for you to take the medication on an empty stomach that is why we usually advise patients to take it 30 minutes before breakfast. If you do not eat breakfast, that is fine. You may take it nonetheless.

Your sneezing and runny nose may be of a different cause. One possible cause of it would be allergic rhinitis. In this case, Cetirizine 10 mg one tablet at bedtime may be taken as needed.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

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