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What is Laryngopharyngeal reflux?

When you first identify an issue with your throat there are various possible symptoms that may be at hand. Laryngopharyngeal reflux (silent reflux) is caused at either end of your esophagus where a ring of muscle called sphincter. However, when these muscles don’t operate properly this causes the birth of LPR where stomach acid reaches your throat, voice box or nasal airway. This is also called GERD with all the symptoms being either identical or similar.

What are the symptoms of LPR?

To identify LPR / GERD some of the symptoms include:

  • Hoarseness
  • Struggling with breathing
  • Trouble eating and trouble gaining weight
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Excess mucus

Signs in infants and children will differ from adults and may include breathing problems such as cough, hoarseness, noisy breathing or asthma. Other symptoms such as feeding difficulties and pausing in breath are apparent in infants and children.

How to treat LPR?

There are a few changes to consider when seeking controlling the symptoms of LPR. Take into consideration your alcohol intake, restrict the amount of chocolate and carbonated beverages, spicy or tomato based products and caffeine as these will help the ease of LPR during the process of recovery. Other steps to take include:

  • To stop smoking Tobacco as smoke causes reflux to occur
  • Ensure that you take your anti reflux and anti acid medication
  • Refrain from eating before bed
  • Chewing gum is recommended as this contains bicarbonate of soda which will help neutralize the acid
  • Don’t wear clothing that is too tight around your waist as this increases pressure on your stomach and increases reflux
  • Avoid fizzy drinks especially cola and fruit drinks and avoid alcoholic drinks

Visiting an ENT Specialist

It is always advisable to visit an ENT specialist in London to determine if there are any symptoms of LPR occurring. ENT doctors have extensive experience within this region and will successfully diagnose the issue with endoscopic examination biopsy and an X-ray that checks the flow and acidity of liquid from your stomach into your esophagus, which measures the muscle contractions within.

Before suggesting treatments for LPR, MR Hughes will meet with you to conduct a thorough consultation and assessment to ensure your proceeding treatment is the best option for you. Get in touch today on 020 3897 0667.