1. I was diagnosed with acid reflux about a year ago via an endoscopy. For the last four months, I have been having symptoms in my throat despite taking Tums and Zantac. I am a smoker – could it be throat cancer? While the symptoms are most likely related to acid refluxing into the throat, if they have persisted despite treatment, you should discuss the issues with your physician. An examination with an ear, nose and throat physician would be warranted, as well as possibly changing the Zantac to a proton pump inhibitor. 2. Can acid reflux disease cause flu-like symptoms, such as chronic sore throat, cough, major sinus pressure, and a slight burning sensation in my lungs? ACT scan shows no sinus infection. Acid reflux disease can cause atypical symptoms such as sore throat, cough and wheezing that can mimic asthma. While a pulmonary consultation is usually warranted to rule out a primary respiratory problem, symptoms may resolve with treatme...
A recent article on ABC News discussed a study that linked oral sex to throat cancer. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has previously been shown to be the main cause of cervical cancer. The recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in February, 2008, indicated that HPV related oral cancers in people in their 40s have almost doubled between 1973 and 2004. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 34,000 people that have oral cancer today and 39% of those cancers can be attributed to HPV.
The HPV virus is spread through direct contact with someone that is a carrier of the virus. The virus stays local in the body, remaining in the place it attaches itself to, so in cancers causes by HPV the tumors or cancer do not spread to other locations in the body.
Scientists believe that the HPV virus can be transmitted through oral sex, or from mouth to mouth, even though there is no proof, yet. Both men and women seem to be at risk of developing...
Mouth and throat sores, also called mucositis, look like ulcers and can be red and swollen. Pain from these sores can affect your ability to eat, drink, chew, swallow, and talk. If your immune system is suppressed, you may be more likely to get an oral yeast infection. Oral yeast infections can cause mouth and throat sores and can make any sores you have worse. An oral yeast infection looks like you have a coating of cottage cheese inside your mouth.
Some breast cancer treatments may cause mouth and throat sores:
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab)
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatanib)
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab)
Managing mouth and throat sores
Avoid spicy, hot, or acidic foods and drinks -- they can further irritate your condition.
Try cold milk products to help soothe the painful areas.
Eat cold sour cream before meals to coat your mouth and throat and ease discomfort.
Frequently rinse your mouth with salt water or...
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