Cough and oppressive nose are the general symptoms of the common cold and is likely to continue for a period of time till the virus says adieu. But, when nose congestion occurs only after eating, you may want to unravel this mysterious happening and resolve its cause. You can make things easy by being attentive to the symptoms such as the food you have ingested and the time lapse.
Reflux is widely referred to as gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux disease or gastric reflux disease. Reflux is a condition when digestive juices with stomach contents rises up to esophagus. It can be a normal occurrence after food as the digestive process is under way. However, persistent cough and nose congestion can be a symptom of GERD.
Other symptoms of GERD are persistent heartburn, burning sensation in the throat and chest or a feeling of obstruction in your throat. Such unease makes you cough, which is an attempt by your body to unclog your respiratory tracts. This may lead to throat inflammation and your voice might become hoarse. In some cases, individuals who cough after food may not have other symptoms of reflux, but may be diagnosed with the problem on thorough check up.
Another cause for coughing and nose congestion after eating could be hypersensitivity to certain types of food items. Allergic reaction to food can be immediate in many cases or it may so happen that the symptom becomes manifest only after a period of time after food.
Nasal obstruction, very much like that occurs with seasonal changes, can also indicate allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to food as it is the response of your immune system by producing histamines to curb the substance that causes allergy. You may further sense a contraction in your throat, which in turn cause you to cough.
Dysphagia is trouble to gulp down food and this difficulty can cause nose congestion, though there are other causes like structural impediments of your throat or degenerative state of your body like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease that conduce to dysphagia. Those suffering from dysphagia often feel a bulge in their throat, even when there is no factual blockage. Such cases of obstruction, whether actual or perceived, can cause cough and nose congestion after eating, which is a natural reaction of your body to clean up the clogs of your throat.