Acid Reflux

There is often a connection between acid reflux and nasal, sinus, and throat problems. For this reason the condition is often diagnosed by an ear, nose, and throat specialist..

What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

The symptoms of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (stomach reflux) are

  • Heartburn
  • Belching
  • Abdominal bloating

The symptoms of LaryngoPharyngeal Reflux (throat reflux) are

  • Throat-clearing
  • Phlegm
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Recurrent or chronic sinus infection
  • Worsening of asthma

How is acid reflux diagnosed?

It’s important to know that you can have symptoms of throat reflux without having symptoms of stomach reflux. This can lead to a misdiagnosis of the problem.  An acid-reflux d diagnosis can often be made by a complete examination of the lower throat and voice box by an ENT specialist.

Acid reflux treatment

Acid reflux is treated as follows:

Dietary management by limiting:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Spicy foods
  • Fried foods
  • Mint
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Carbonated beverages

Lifestyle management

  • Finish dinner at least 2 hours before retiring
  • Avoid late-night snacks
  • Avoid tight or constricting clothing which compresses the abdomen.

Medications

Although over-the-counter antacids and anti-reflux medications can be helpful for short- term, intermittent use, it’s not a good idea to use them continuously for more than one week. If this is a recurring problem, medical evaluation is needed.