Acid reflux, what is it? It’s the regurgitation of stomach acid or food from the stomach into the oesophagus. It’s painful and can lead to serious problems when it reaches the throat or voice box. It can occur at any time and it is not always related to the consumption of food.
A particular type of reflux known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) can occur even without the heartburn symptom often associated with acid reflux. Despite that, it still causes damage to the throat and/or voicebox. Signs of this condition may include regular coughing, clearing the throat, or in severe cases when the voice box is affected, problems swallowing and hoarseness may occur. Should you suspect this condition, your doctor may check your voice box for signs of inflammation.
It should be noted, that indigestion may or may not occur with laryngopharyngeal reflux, and so you should consult an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist if you experience any of the above symptoms.
Smoking increases the chances of developing this potentially dangerous condition, so if you are a smoker and are experiencing any of these symptoms seek medical advice immediately. An Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor can be recommended by your General Practitioner to assist with treatment.
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