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Ammonia symptoms while clearing throat, GERD, helicobacter pylori infection

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Why do I smell ammonia when I clear my throat? It burns my nostrils!
Posted Sat, 14 Apr 2012 in GERD
Answered by Dr. Sunil.N 1 hour later
Hi ,

Thanks for your query.

Since your history is very brief, it would be helpful if you provide us further details in the following questions.
1.Since when are you experiencing the ammonia smell?
2.Was there any symptoms of cold , cough, fever earlier to this symptom?
3.Do you have history of high blood sugar?
4.Have you experienced any involuntary bodily movements with loss
of consciousness?
5. How frequent is this symptom?
6.Is there any difficulties in tasting food?

Please get back with the answer.

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Follow-up: Ammonia symptoms while clearing throat, GERD, helicobacter pylori infection 6 hours later
1. Last 24 hours
2. No symptoms of cough
3. No, normal blood sugar (last tested in September)
4. No
5. Every time I clear my throat
6. No
Answered by Dr. Sunil.N 6 hours later

Thanks for following up.

If you are getting an ammonia smell every time you clear your throat, the most likely cause is GERD (Gasto Esophageal Reflux Disease) or LPR (Laryngo Pharyngeal Reflux) often coupled with a fungal sinus infections, high protein diets and renal problems leading to increased urea levels.

You need not investigate aggressively if you have had symptoms only for 24 hours.

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