Many conditions can cause a menthol or cooling sensation in the chest. These include heartburn, infection, anxiety, and sometimes, a heart problem.
A menthol feeling in the chest describes a cool or burning sensation anywhere in the chest. It can range from mild discomfort to sharp, severe pain. A variety of conditions can cause this feeling, along with other symptoms.
In this article, we explore conditions that can cause a menthol feeling in the chest, other accompanying symptoms, and management options.
Possible causes of a menthol sensation in the chest may include the following conditions.
Acid reflux and GERD
Acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) make up 50–60% of chest pain cases not related to the heart. These conditions can lead to heartburn or an
The burning sensation occurs when stomach contents leak into the esophagus (food pipe). The digestive acid in the stomach irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing an unpleasant cool or burning sensation that begins in the upper stomach and may spread up into the throat.
Esophagitis occurs when the lining of the esophagus becomes irritated, swollen, or inflamed. Acid reflux is the most common cause of esophagitis and can cause a menthol or burning sensation in the chest.
Peptic ulcers, also called gastric ulcers or duodenal ulcers, are open sores in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract lining. While the
Additionally, angina may also cause a suffocating, burning feeling.
Pulmonary embolism, which is a blockage of a blood vessel in the lungs, is the
Depending on the underlying cause, a menthol or burning feeling in the chest may occur alongside other symptoms.
If the pain is related to the GI tract, a person may also experience the
A burning chest sensation caused by cardiovascular issues
Management of a menthol sensation in the chest depends on the cause.
- reaching or maintaining a moderate weight
- elevating the head when sleeping
- quitting smoking, if applicable
- eating a balanced, nutritious diet
Chest colds generally get better on their own. However, the following at-home remedies may help a person feel better:
Burning or cooling sensations in the chest can be a sign of a serious condition. A person should seek medical help immediately if they are experiencing any of the following emergency symptoms:
A cooling, burning, or menthol sensation in the chest can occur due to a variety of conditions. Some of these may not be a cause of concern, such as a chest infection or acid reflux. However, other possible causes, such as heart attack and pulmonary embolism, need urgent medical attention.
Depending on the underlying cause, lifestyle changes, OTC medications, and at-home remedies can help relieve symptoms.
It is important to note that if someone experiences unexplained chest pain or other concerning symptoms, they should seek immediate medical attention. A doctor can help diagnose the cause and recommend a treatment plan.