Acid Reflux Phlegm: Treatment For GERD And Phlegm In Throat

How are acid reflux disease and phlegm associated?

Primarily, a failure of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) leads to acid reflux and the various symptoms associated with the disorder. LES normally prevents the contents of the stomach from refluxing; however, if the musculature is weak, LES fails to close and can not sustain the pressure barrier between the esophagus and the stomach, thus causing a reflux.

Occasionally, phlegm and acid reflux may occur together. In gastro-esophageal reflux disease, symptoms such as: persistent cough, burning in the chest, soreness of the throat and regurgitation of acid are known to occur.

Acid regurgitation occurs when the LES or the lower esophageal sphincter gets weakened, causing a reflux.

GERD And Phlegm In Throat

Consequently, excessive acid irritates the throat and causes coughing. Some patients even complain of hoarseness and wheezing. Phlegm is an associated complaint, not seen in all patients. The key trigger of acid reflux phlegm is the extreme acidity of the regurgitated fluid.

Treatment For Acid Reflux Phlegm

Medications for laryngitis and cough will not cure phlegm related to acid reflux. The following home remedies and guidelines help treat GERD effectively and permanently:

  1. Lifestyle changes are decidedly beneficial in treating acid reflux phlegm.
    Appropriate diet, avoiding excessive fatty and spicy foods, sticking to meal timings, abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, regular exercise and optimal stress management will help cases of GERD.
  2. Ginger tea,  honey and jaggery are excellent remedies for acid reflux and cough and phlegm produced due to the regurgitation. It absorbs excess acid and also calms stressed nerves.
  3. Fennel seeds are the best digestive aids. They have a highly beneficial impact on the gastric tract. Munch on a spoonful of fennel seeds after each meal.
  4. A decoction of basil and mint leaves has proved to be therapeutic for acid regurgitation and cough. The tea will prevent inflammation and spasm, and soothe the gastric lining and throat.

Importantly, never lie down immediately after a meal. Sit upright for at least 1 hour.


  1. Ken said:

    That was straightforward, and didn’t require me to page down hundreds of times to find an answer.
    My phlegm problem is beyond annoying. It comes on suddenly, after I I either eat or drink anything, and makes speaking impossible, plus I cannot clear my throat. Coughing in an attempt to clear my throat often gives me the hiccups. It has come on like gangbusters the last few years.

    I had a hiatal hernia repaired, which stopped my chronic vomiting, but seems to have made the GERD/phlegm much worse. Guess I have to see the ENT doctor again, and apologize to her for not believing that a link from the phlegm to GERD was possible. I just couldn’t believe it but now I know.

    March 4, 2017
  2. Carmen said:

    I have had very severe Acid Reflux for many years with burning back of tongue and burning throat with mucus. The worst thing for me is that I am continually breathless. I am in severe distress. Kindly suggest me some remedies.

    October 12, 2017

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