Combat Your LPR Reflux Today
LPR reflux, also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux is a condition where the stomach acid flow back into the esophageal because of the upper esophageal sphincter’s failure to close tightly. There are two sphincter muscles that connect the throat and stomach including lower and upper esophageal sphincter muscles. The symptoms of LPR reflux are different than the symptoms of acid reflux. Unlike acid reflux, patients of LPR reflux usually don’t experience heart burn. This is because the stomach acid did not remain in the esophagus for a long time.
The esophagus is less sensitive than the throat so it won’t experience irritation when the stomach acid quickly flow passed it. Because the stomach acid enters through the upper sphincter muscle, it will not remain in the esophagus for a long time. Instead, the stomach acid will pass the esophagus quickly and accumulate in the throat. Some of the symptoms associated with LPR reflux include chronic cough, small voice, wheezing and etc.
Laryngopharngeal reflux is caused mainly by bad lifestyle. Eating a large portion of food can cause you to have higher chance to get LPR reflux. Smoking cigarettes and alcohol drinking weaken the esophageal sphincter muscles and allow the stomach acid to enter into the esophagus easily.
You should avoid all the foods that are high in oil content. Oily foods often have a large amount of fat. Eating oily food can encourage the stomach to secrete acid. It reduces the ability of the esophagus to close properly. Acidic food such as citrus fruits can cause irritation on the esophageal lining. Before going to sleep, make sure you wait 2 – 3 hours for the food to digest. If you sleep immediately after eating, you will face LPR reflux problem. Eating a large meal can also make the stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus. To neutralize the acid in your throat, you can chew gums. Chewing gums can increase the saliva production in your mouth.
If you are experiencing all the LPR reflux symptoms, it is best that you ask the doctor to perform a full checkup. The doctor can perform diagnosis via a variety of ways including laryngoscopy, pH testing and GI endoscopy. Laryngoscopy diagnosis is perform to check the changes that happen in the throat and voice box. During the pH testing procedure, the doctor will use two pH sensors to find out if too much acid is entering through the upper esophagus. The upper GI endoscopy is performed if you have problem swallowing the food. With upper GI endoscopy diagnosis, the doctor can detect any scars, ulcers and abnormal growths located on the esophagus.
The doctor will prescribe medicine according to the severity of your condition. Some of the medications that the doctor will prescribe include proton pump inhibitors, H2 blockers, sucralfate and antacids. You can receive medical treatment and natural remedy treatment together.
If you are in a serious condition, you can undergo the fundoplication surgery. During the fundopklication surgery, the surgeon will wrap the stomach’s upper part to strengthen the valve. Normally, the surgeon will make small incision on the patient and use a laparoscope to view the esophagus.