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Acid reflux is a very undesirable digestion problem and it can lead to many complications if untreated. But did you know that there is a form of acid reflux that does not show any symptoms of reflux? This is called silent reflux, which means that it is discreet or having no apparent signs and symptoms. This condition is medically known as laryngopharyngeal reflux or LPR.

Compared to gastroesophageal reflux or GER, LPR or silent reflux does not go to the esophagus, and that is one reason why it does not show the common signs of refluxing such as heartburn, regurgitation, and indigestion. Instead, the stomach acids flow back up to the voice box and throat, also known as the larynx and pharynx. The condition may not show any symptoms of reflux, but this does not mean that the medical problem does not need to be treated, nor is it easy to treat. As a matter of fact, LPR could be more dangerous to the health than GER because the larynx and pharynx are more sensitive to burning and abrasion as compared to the esophagus. And because it does not show reflux symptoms, LPR is quite difficult to diagnose.

However, there are significant signs and symptoms that LPR can bring about in an individual. Some of these include hoarseness of the voice, trouble swallowing, feeling of lumpiness in the throat, chronic cough, breathing problems, excessive mucus formation or phlegm in the throat, sore throat, wheezing, and frequent burping. When these signs are happening to you often, or have been affecting you for quite a long time even if there is no apparent disease to cause all these, you might want to consider yourself a candidate for having LPR.

The treatments for LPR are quite the same for GER, since they are both caused by excessive stomach acids. However, if there have already been significant damages in the throat or air passages, it may be more difficult to deal with the disease. That is why it is important to be mindful of your state of health and all the changes and problems you have with your body. Once you have detected the signs of LPR regardless of having reflux symptoms like heartburn and indigestion, immediately change your lifestyle as it is the biggest contributor to the excessive acidity that you are experiencing.

Smoking and drinking alcohol are two very bad aggravators of acidity. Nicotine increases acids in the stomach while alcohol is naturally acidic. They also aid in the weakening of the throat muscles. When you smoke, your respiratory system weakens, making the larynx and pharynx more susceptible to damage. Likewise, alcohol can make the esophagus relaxed and the acids, instead of staying there, travel farther upward and reach the airway.

Avoid eating acidic foods and there are a number of them, including dairy products, caffeinated products, tomatoes and tomato-based products, breads, pasta, meat, citrus fruits, spicy foods, and oily and fatty foods. These can increase the acidity in the stomach, worsening reflux.

If you’re quite overweight or obese, the extra weight in your abdomen may be pushing up the acids up to your throat. Losing weight is one very good way or correcting this. Also, avoid wearing clothes that tighten around the abdomen area. This may cause further reflux of stomach acids.

LPR of silent reflux is not an easy disease to treat, but if you are thoughtful about the different events that take place inside your body, you might be able to detect that something’s wrong with your digestion and your throat. If trying these simple steps don’t work, you might want to consider visiting a medical professional so that you may receive the appropriate treatment that you need.