HomeAnswersMedical Gastroenterologyzenker's diverticulumCan narrowing of the esophagus cause minty feeling in your nose and throat?

I have a minty feeling in my nose and throat when I breathe for past one year. Please help.


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Answered by

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Preetha. J

Published At September 19, 2020
Reviewed AtAugust 23, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have been having a menthol or minty feeling in my nose and throat when I breathe for more than a year. I have been placing on Gaviscon and Nexium (40 mg) for more than a year, but the feeling persists. Please help me.

Answered by Dr. Ajeet Kumar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

It seems that you have been given a treatment considering gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, GERD's predominant symptoms are acid reflux and heartburn, but I do not see that you mention any of those. The fruity smell in the breath can be due to undigested food in the middle of the food pipe (esophagus). It can be in some narrowing of the esophagus secondary to a structural problem. It requires some investigation called barium swallow study. The other common possibility is given your symptoms, and no pain, or heartburn, is esophageal diverticulum. Which is an outpouching of the food pipe, and this again can be diagnosed with a barium swallow. So I suggest you get this done and follow-up with me with reports.

Best Regards.

The Probable causes

Zenker's diverticulum. Esophageal motility disorder such as achalasia.

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

Dr. Ajeet Kumar
Dr. Ajeet Kumar

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