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3 Ways to Diagnose Chronic Sore Throat and Swollen Glands

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3 Ways to Diagnose Chronic Sore Throat and Swollen Glands
You may be able to feel your swollen glands. Photo Credit Manuel Faba Ortega/iStock/Getty Images

If you have a chronic sore throat that is associated with digestive symptoms, particularly heartburn, you could be suffering from "GERD." GERD, or Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease, can cause heartburn and a chronic sore throat as stomach acid leaks into the esophogus and throat, creating irritation and pain. This sort of chronic sore throat is often worse in the morning, as more stomach acid may reach the throat while you are lying down at night.

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