Oropharyngeal discomfort

What Is Oropharyngeal Discomfort?

Oropharyngeal discomfort is a feeling of discomfort or pain in the area of the throat, back of the mouth and/or middle portion of the tongue. It can be caused by various medical conditions or due to psychological factors. Symptoms of oropharyngeal discomfort may include but are not limited to: soreness, burning sensation, dryness, tickling, and lump-like feeling.

Causes of Oropharyngeal Discomfort

Oropharyngeal discomfort can be caused by a variety of physical, mental and emotional factors. Physical causes of the condition can include:

  • Tonsillitis
  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Injury or trauma
  • Gastric reflux
  • Side effects of certain medications

Psychological or emotional factors such as stress, depression, anxiety, fear, and anger can also lead to feelings of oropharyngeal discomfort.

Treatments for Oropharyngeal Discomfort

The treatment for oropharyngeal discomfort depends on the underlying cause. Treatment typically involves addressing the underlying physical or psychological cause. In cases of physical causes, antibiotics or other medications may be prescribed. Psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy may be used to address stress, anxiety, or depression.

Non-medication treatments such as throat sprays, lozenges, and humidifiers may also be used to provide relief from oropharyngeal discomfort. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, avoiding spicy and acidic foods, and practicing relaxation techniques may also help.