7 Signs that Silent Reflux is Damaging Your Throat
Do you have many or most of these 7 symptoms?
- Chronic dry cough
- Chronic throat clearing
- A lump or tight feeling in the throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Excessive throat mucous
- Hoarseness of voice
- Throat irritation
There is no one single symptom that denotes silent reflux (laryngopharyngeal reflux as we call it, or “LPR” for short). But if you have a combination of any of the symptoms described above, it is likely that LPR is part of the problem. LPR can be treated with a combination of diet and lifestyle changes in combination with anti-acid medications.
Note that “history of heartburn or GERD” is not on the list! Only 50% of people with LPR have any history of heartburn or indigestion. Of course, if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above and they have persisted longer than 2 weeks, you will want to get checked by an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor (otolaryngologist) to make sure that the symptoms are not from something more serious.