Despite being painful, a burning feeling in the throat is often more irritating than dangerous. Various issues may cause this sensation, most of which are minor. Understanding the causes and their other symptoms can help a person know whether or not a burning throat is a sign of something more serious.

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1. Acid Reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

A valve usually protects the throat from the powerful acid within the stomach. Under certain circumstances, this valve weakens and stomach acid may rise into the throat. This backwash is acid reflux. If it occurs frequently, doctors refer to the condition as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acid reflux causes a burning in the chest and throat, as well as symptoms like difficulty swallowing and chronic cough.

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