Adult and Pediatric Care
Is Acid Reflux causing your symptoms?
What is Reflux?
Our stomachs naturally produce acid to digest food. Sometimes this acid flows back into the esophagus, the tube connecting the throat to the stomach. When this occurs frequently and persistently, it is called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The common symptom is heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest caused by acid reflux in the esophagus. Stomach acid can also be refluxed into the throat, a condition called Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR). LPR can occur without heartburn, making it difficult to diagnose. That is why it is sometimes referred to as a “silent” disease.
- Hoarseness, especially in the morning
- Chronic throat clearing or
persistentcough Chronicsore throat
- A feeling of something caught in the throat
- Excessive mucous/post nasal drip
- Difficulty swallowing
- Restless sleep
How Serious is Reflux?
A small amount of reflux is normal. The esophagus can handle acid exposure better than the throat, where the tissue is much more sensitive. If LPR is left untreated, it can cause serious damage to the tissues of the throat, upper airway
How is Reflux Diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask a series of questions about your symptoms to determine if reflux may be causing your discomfort. It is important to tell your doctor about any habits you have or medications you are currently taking. Your doctor may proceed with an examination of your throat to check for signs of swelling and redness, granulomas, and
Restech Dx-pH Test