GERD Associated With Thick Phlegm in Throat

Q: I am a 35 year old woman. I have a very sticky and thick mucous in my throat. I can’t swallow it so I spit it often and it is irritating. Now I am experiencing something like heartburn. In the morning my heartburn is gone and comes back few minutes after I wake up. What is the cause of this and how can I cure it? I am so scared, please help.
By: Dinnie


You need to get thoroughly examined by a doctor for an exact diagnosis.

From what you have written, it looks like that you have a condition called GERD. This is a common cause of heartburn.

What Is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition where the sphincter (gate) between the esophagus (food pipe) and the stomach is not very tight. This leads to back flow of stomach contents into the esophagus. As it is understandable, the back flow is more while lying down, as gravity aids the flow in this position.

There are many reasons why this sphincter loosens up. Read more on GERD.

GERD Leads to Mucous Production in the Throat

Stomach contents are acidic in nature. Our esophagus is not prepared to handle it and gets corroded.

The acid irritates the throat. In response, the mucosal lining of the throat produces thick, sticky mucous. The patient feels as if something is constantly sticking in the throat.

This phlegm may cause chronic cough in a long run.

You may visit a doctor and get evaluated. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, medicines can be given.

Take Care,

Buddy M.D.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Heartburn and Thick Sticky Mucus in the Throat

  1. Jesse

    I feel like something is stuck in my chest. Right behind my sternum. Keep drinking water but it’s not helping. Have heard it may be acid reflux.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If it’s an acid reflux problem, you’ll have heartburn, some indigestion, and may be a burning sensation behind the sternum.

      Read above in detail about it, to see if the picture matches yours.

  2. Will Whitaker

    I’m at my wit’s end with this thick saliva,, started out with being two much saliva,, now this,, help me please,, tried meds and patches,, now taking 40 mg of Priloset ,, nothing works

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Any associated symptoms, like headache, secretions from nose/ sinuses, heartburn, chest pain, couch, sneezes? Since when do you have this problem? Any recent change of residence?