Globus: Feeling of something in your throat

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Dr. Raman Abrol
ENT Specialist / Otorhinolaryngology

Globus :Causes and Treatment

In this video, Dr. Raman Abrol, ENT specialist from Abrol ENT Institute and Research Centre, talks about a condition of the Globus: a feeling when something is inside the throat.

What is Globus?

These patients usually complain they have something stuck inside their throat. After repetitively trying to clear their throat, the lump remains. It is more common in ladies, especially in the middle age group. It can be painless or painful. Acid reflux, and post nasal drip cause painless lump in the throat. However, thyroid inflammation and cancer can lead to painful sensation.

The common reason for Globus: 

The main reason behind Globus is psychological. Some patients have other symptoms like stress, improper food habits, and acid problems. Some may even have spasms. So it is more in the brain than what is actually inside the throat. 

How Acid reflux  causes globus?

Often these patients complain of acidity or reflux. The acid backflow from the stomach to the throat touches a particular point that triggers an intense sensation. Another thing doctors need to reassure the patients is that it is not cancer.

Treatment  

Apart from treating their cancer phobia, these patients require treatment for acidity and anti-depressants if required. Taking treatment for post nasal drip can help in this condition. Also, physiotherapy for the muscles around the throat and reducing stress also helps. Quit smoking also help in this condition

How to manage it ?

Exercise and keeping their body active help reduce acidity and improve overall health, mind, and soul. Next is improving lifestyle and releasing stress. In addition, patients might need psychological therapy or treatment.

Bottom line

Lump in the throat is a prevalent condition and may not heal on its own. Often acid reflux triggers this sensation. Hence one must seek a doctor’s advice for treatment rather than jumping to conclusions like cancer. 

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