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Jun 012013
 
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Are you experiencing a lump in throat sensation after eating food? If yes, then this article is for you. Here we try and find real solutions to the cause of the lump in throat.

The lump in the throat sensation is also known as the globus pharyngitis or a feeling of a globe getting stuck in your throat. The sensation may come and disappear at times after eating food.

While it hardly interferes with drinking fluids, eating is sometimes affected and may become painful swallowing solids. Some people may feel it after they eat something or drink fluids.

What Causes this Lump in throat after eating?

The exact cause of this lump is quite uncertain though many medical experts attribute it to a problem with muscle coordination within the esophagus, particularly when swallowing, read a highlight of the causes by following this link.

The condition can affect any person regardless of age. Stress, depression and anxiety are other causes of this annoying condition. Diagnosis and examination may be done to exclude other underlying problems.

However, reassurance that the condition does not relate to a serious underlying disease could be part of the relief and treatment.

Lump_in_throatSymptoms of Lump in Throat after Eating

The main symptom that is a lump feeling within the throat can come and go. You can feel it at the neck’s front and it can tend to move up and down.

It may not affect drinking or eating, and actually, in some individuals, drinking fluids may relieve the feeling.

Usually, there is no any amount of pain within the throat. Most people with the sensation detect the symptoms when swallowing saliva.

Other Causes of Lump in throat After Eating

The real cause of this sensation is not certain. Some specialists claim that the condition emanates from the coordination of muscles used in swallowing.

Swallowing involves many muscles that relax and constrict in the correct pattern for swallowing to take place normally. Muscles of people with globus sensation may not relax in the required pattern thus causing the feeling of something stuck in the neck.

This sensation happens when the individual tries to swallow saliva. However, when the person swallows food, the food tends to stimulate muscles differently thus resulting to the normal muscle relaxation.

The other cause for this feeling is reflux acid from the stomach towards the esophagus. Experts argue that reflux acid affects the way muscles relax around the throat.

In most people, stress might trigger the lump in throat feeling or aggravate the symptoms. The other factors that can worsen the symptoms of this condition is smoking and the post natal drip (excess mucus moving from the nose to the throat).

Treatment of Lump in throat after eating

If the physician detects globus sensation, you’ll be referred to the nose, ear and throat specialist. To ensure no other underlying condition explains the symptoms, the expert will typically examine your nose, mouth, and throat.

For most individuals that experience a lump in throat sensation after eating, they only need a medical specialist to evaluate their symptoms and explain to them that there is no other underlying issue like cancer.

For others, several treatments could be suggested. These include physiotherapy for muscles near the throat. Treatment for the postnasal drip can also help, and an example may include use of nasal spray.

Apart from this, treating using anti-acid medicines can also cure the condition, especially if the cause is acid reflux. In addition, if the individual affected smokes, he may need to stop the habit.

Lastly, if stress is the main cause, the person affected should go for stress relieving therapy though reassurance alone can be sufficient for most people.

May 302013
 
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Are you having a lump in throat feeling and suspect peanut allergy to be the cause of it? Peanut allergy is one of the main causes of food allergic reactions and sometimes happens to cause very severe allergic reactions which pose great danger to it’s victims.

Lump in Throat Peanut Allergy Relation

A peanut allergy refers to the reaction that takes place when the body’s antibodies(immune agents) mistakenly detects peanuts presence in the food as a potentially harmful substance when they actually aren’t and starts fighting it off.

If you have peanut allergy and you happen to rub your eyes with/ ingest peanuts or any food containing them, your immune system will overreact and cause so many allergic reactions including having a lump in throat feeling.

Other Symptoms associated with lump in throat caused by peanut allergy

When you have the lump in throat sensation resulting from peanut allergy, you will experience lots of other symptoms as well.

Due to the peanut allergy, you may also experience;

  • a runny nose,
  • hives,
  • colored and itchy skin,
  • tingling sensation on the tongue or lips.

If the reaction happens to be intense, you might develop more signs like

  • hoarseness,
  • coughing,
  • wheezing,
  • malaise,
  • belly pain,
  • swelling lips,
  • swollen neck,
  • and/or vomiting.

images (3)Some signs may give the indication of a more serious allergic reaction commonly known as Anaphylaxis. This is a severe reaction to peanut allergy and starts showing it’s effects a few moments after ingesting the allergen.

Here are more information about dealing with this state;

Anaphylaxis symptoms usually occur within minutes of exposure to an allergen. Sometimes, however, anaphylaxis can occur a half-hour or longer after exposure. Anaphylaxis symptoms include:

Skin reactions, including hives along with itching, and flushed or pale skin (almost always present with anaphylaxis)

  • A feeling of warmth
  • The sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Constriction of the airways and a swollen tongue or throat, which can cause wheezing and trouble breathing
  • A weak and rapid pulse
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dizziness or fainting

When to see a doctor
Seek emergency medical help if you, your child or someone else you’re with has a severe allergic reaction.

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If the person having the attack carries an epinephrine autoinjector (such as an EpiPen or EpiPen Jr), give him or her a shot right away. Even if symptoms improve after an emergency epinephrine injection, a visit to the emergency department is still necessary to make sure symptoms don’t return.

Make an appointment to see your doctor if you or your child has had a severe allergy attack or any signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis in the past.

The diagnosis and long-term management of anaphylaxis are complicated, so you’ll probably need to see a doctor who specializes in allergies and immunology.

Source: Mayoclinic

Causes of the Lump in Throat Peanut Allergy

An allergic reaction takes place when the immune system overreacts resulting to the release of chemicals, particularly histamine, into the blood.

The chemicals can affect various body tissues including the skin, nose, eyes, throat, lungs, and the blood vessels. It is not yet clear why peanuts trigger such responses in some individuals.

The lump in throat sensation, also called globus pharyngeus has several causes including stress, stomach reflux, and coordination of muscles, which aid in swallowing.

As already mentioned, the chemicals the body releases after you eat peanuts, can affect different body tissues including the throat.

At the throat, these chemicals may interfere with the contraction of the muscles and when muscles do not contract in the correct pattern, you may feel the sensation of a lump in your throat.

Expected Diagnosis

In trying to diagnose the peanut allergy, the physician will begin by taking your medical history in addition to the physical exam. The doctor could ask you regarding any peanut allergies within your family, particularly for your siblings.

The physician may also ask for details related to symptoms like how soon the observed symptoms began after you ate food or whether any over-the-counter options worked out.

The doctor may want to ascertain whether other people became allergic after eating the same food, how it was prepared, and whether you ate other foods.

lump-in-throat1Treatment

There is no real treatment so far for food allergies though after diagnosis, the doctor may instruct you to attempt two possible options: elimination diet and the oral food’s allergy challenge.

The elimination diet requires that you do not eat any foods that could cause allergic reactions just to see whether the symptoms will vanish.

If you eat the same food and the symptoms recur, then the doctor will confirm the food allergy.

For the oral food’s allergy challenge, you will need to eat various foods, which may trigger the allergic reaction including the lump in throat feeling.

The doctor will watch whether the reaction will occur. This is one of the nest options for diagnosing peanut allergy and other food allergies.

Generally, if the doctor establishes that your lump in throat feeling emanates from peanut allergy, then the best treatment will be one that stops the allergic reaction from your body.

In this case, the doctor may advice that you take antihistamines that will help to reduce the lump in throat sensation along other symptoms like itchy skin or runny nose.

 

May 272013
 
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Are you experiencing a lump in throat after quitting smoking and suspect you might be having throat cancer or stop breathing? You are not alone as there are many other nicotine quitters suffering with withdrawal symptoms of Smoking and this article is meant to help you find relief.

Lump In Throat Feeling After Quitting Smoking

Soon after you quit smoking, your body starts reacting and you start having a feeling of lump stuck in your throat, feel confused even think of turning back to the smoke? Well, it may or not be a strange feeling.

Lumps develop in the throat for different reasons as I stated in the post lump in throat feeling. In extreme cases, a lump in the throat could be indicative of throat cancer. In other cases it could just be a feeling of something swollen in the throat and nothing more.

This is medically called “globus hystericus” given the accompanying psychosomatic influences. It is very common and quite a huge number of people have reported having this feeling at one point or the other in their lives. In some rare cases, this could be associated with neurological or psychological disorders.

quitting-smoking-side-effectsWhy lump of throat after quitting smoking?

When you quit smoking, a number of withdrawal symptoms can follow. This include headache, back and neck pains, coughing with tar coming up in some cases, fatigue, diarrhea, belly pain, confusion, fast and irregular heart beats, nausea, weakness, joint pains, insomnia and a lump in the throat.

The latter in some cases comes with a feeling as though you want to contract a very bad fever and a feeling of heaviness and chest pain.

The first few weeks after you have quit smoking are the most difficult with many withdrawal symptoms characterized by frequent and prolonged headaches, nausea, anxiety and of course a lot of craving for tobacco.

This is because of the level of dependency the body has on tobacco. Nicotine creates chemical dependency and the body will crave certain levels.

One of the main reasons why sore throats develop after quitting smoking is because of a change in mucous production. Once a person stops smoking, normally the levels of mucus production rise and the result could just be a post natal drip (movement of mucus from the nose to the throat).

The excess mucous will irritate the back of the mouth, the throat and soft palate and this leaves you with sore throat and the lump in throat feeling, which can prove quite tedious.

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Will these Smoking Side effects go away?

Yes, they soon disappear but only if you keep off smoking. If you decide to go back to smoking then you will increase the body’s dependency on nicotine and make it harder to drop the addiction. You need to talk to someone about your addiction and your efforts to let it go.

I would recommend this online help resource and this organisation, on the other hand I recommend seeing an ENT specialist to examine your throat and real cause of the lump problem.

How to deal with lump in the throat after quitting smoking?

Many people have used different methods and means to get rid of the lump in the throat. Normally, the first thing you want to do before you carry out a self diagnosis is to visit an ENT specialist as I said earlier and have professional diagnosis. This is because in some cases it could be more serious than you think.

A clear diagnosis from the doctor will help you know whether you dealing with a cancer case, lump in throat or just a normal sore throat. If it is a normal case however, you need to get anti-inflammatory throat lozenges and antiseptic to minimize the discomfort and pain. An aesthetic spray also works well in alleviating pain.

The good thing about professional diagnosis is that you may as well realize that you are suffering from allergies in which case anti-histamines would work wonders for you.

Do not get tempted to use of un-prescribed antibiotics as these might just lower your resistance to future infections.

Again sore throats could be because of detoxification. Some of the steps you will find quite helpful include drinking lots of water and working out to sweat and bring out toxins from your body.

Summary of Lump in Throat after Quitting Smoking

Congrats for quitting smoking once again, this is a good decision and your body will thank you for it even if it doesn’t show now. The withdrawal symptoms soon fade away and you’ll be back to good health.

You may try out some home remedies for sore throats such as turmeric and others

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May 262013
 
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Are you wondering what could be the root cause of that lump like feeling in your throat? Are you worried that it might be Throat Cancer or or something worse? Is there reason to worry?

This article aims at discovering the real causes and symptoms associated with that “Globus sensation” and possible treatment options available for you to get better.

Background of Lump in Throat Feeling

You, just like many other people may have experienced this feeling of having a lump stuck up your throat; sometimes this feeling might be real or simply imagined.

You may be experiencing this feeling together with symptoms like shortness of breath, difficulty in swallowing food or drinking fluids, at times the feeling can be accompanied with nausea, vomiting and persistent coughs that won’t go away, but before you jump into conclusions about that lump in your throat it is important that you get the facts right and be able to establish the root cause of the problem and get the right treatment.

You may not have visited an E.N.T doctor, and I highly advised that you go ahead and do so or have visited several doctors with differing opinions about what could be the cause of your problem, I agree with you that our bodies are so complex and that doctors are also facing new challenges daily.

Jane a middle aged lady working in a retail store and a good friend of mine stated experiencing this ‘lump in throat feeling,’ she just like many others had a problem with her health insurance and was unable to visit the hospital but was looking for a temporary but quick solution that did not involve her going to hospital.

She decided to deal with her lump by taking some home remedies like aloe Vera juice and also started avoiding any acidic foods as her lump was as a result of acid reflux.

Yes, it this helped reduce the pain and might help some people but is not a one size fits all kind of solution.

Before doing what Jane did, I believe it’s wise to know the real cause of your throat lump.

lump-in-throatWhat Causes the Lump in throat feeling?

There are many causes of throat lumps which include the following;

  1. Acid Reflux
  2. Allergies
  3. Anxiety
  4. Throat cancer
  5. Tumor
  6. Chronic Sore throats
  7. Chronic chest infections
  8. Throat Inflammation and Infections such as pharyngitis, laryngitis, causing the throat to be inflamed, swell, become red, start itching, or feel some pain in your throat

And many more, why?

There are many other reasons for throat lumps and this is not in any way conclusive. You may have taken some hot fluid that burnt your throat, or swallowed acid or even shouted out loudly and affected your larynx or voice box. One way or another the cells near the voice box have been affected either through inflammation or a growth.

Our sedentary lifestyle can also predispose us and become a cause of lump in throat. Taking a lot of caffeine products, smoking and drinking excessive alcohol have also been accused of the same.

Does the lump in throat feeling mean you have Throat Cancer?

Many people panic when they experience a lump in their throat and immediately associate it with throat cancer. However, throat cancer is rarely the cause of the lump in throat and one needs to be checked by an ENT doctor to establish the real source of the lump.

In fact the major cause of lump in throat feeling is anxiety, have you ever noticed that when you panic you experience a ‘shortness of breath’ and feeling like as if someone is trying to choke you.

Anxiety has been known to be the leading cause of the ‘lump in throat feeling,’ it is even worsened by the fact that many associate their lump in throat with the thought of ‘having throat cancer’ and hence panic the more. This tends to worsen your already painful throat. I would simply wish it away but only after a doctor’s visit.

It is important that you get check by the ear, nose and throat (E.N.T) doctor who will examine you and give the proper diagnosis.

How to make the Lump in Throat feeling go away

Now that we have gotten the facts right about the cause of the lump in your throat, then it is important that we discuss the possible solutions that could help relieve your pain. However, even as I stated before, there is no one size fits all kind of solution as it will all depend on the cause the lump in throat. Here are a few solutions to consider;

If the cause is from an acid reflux then try this;

  • Stay away from CAFFEINE. To be specific, avoid taking coffee (usually the highest in caffeine content), taking tea, and other caffeinated drinks. Soft drinks like Coke & Pepsi have been highlighted as being bad for you as they have a high level of acidity (pH of 2.3), Furthermore the carbonation leads you to start belching and furthers the acid reflux into your throat. Acidic juices like grapes and oranges also need to be avoided.
  • Avoid Mints and Chocolates.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages, and  especially before bedtime.
  • Quit SMOKING.
  • Do away with spicy foods and food with high fat content as the also tend to increase your chances of a reflux.
  • You might also need to consider loosing weight if you happen to be overweight. The excess weight make your body uncomfortable during sleep time and could easily cause a reflux.
  • Eat early, at least 3 Hrs Before heading to bed. Also avoid heavy meals before going to bed as it is worsens your reflux situation and leads to more lump in throat feeling.
  • Follow the doctor’s prescription to the letter unless s/he advises otherwise. You should not skip you reflux medication
  • Try elevating your head by using a comfortable pillow. The aim of this is to keep the tummy in a lower position and not the same level with the head to prevent the reflux.
  • Take your recommended acid reflux medication.

If the Cause is as a result of Allergies then;

You need to keep off the main cause of the allergy. This is more likely if you find yourself coughing up a lot of mucus in the morning. What happens is that during the night as you lie down flat your sinuses produces a lot of mucus to counter the allergic reaction this in turn accumulates behind your throat causing it to become blocked.

If this is the case then you’ll find yourself tending to spit a lot of mucus in the morning. Taking allergy pills or inhalers would help ease this.

Sometimes you may be experiencing the lump in throat due to an allergic reaction to a certain type of medication. You’ll need to discuss this with your doctor so that they can consider switching up the medication where possible. Other cases of allergy include certain food allergies and dust allergy.

In the next article we’ll dig deeper into the Lump in throat caused by anxiety and allergies. Keep checking here to find out more.

I so much appreciate feedback from you, please feel free to share your lump in throat experiences in my comment section.