Laryngopharyngeal reflux or LPR is a condition wherein acid travels from the stomach up to the throat. When pepsin, which is a protein in the stomach, is carried with the reflux acid until the throat, LPR is developed. Normally, this does not happen as the lower esophageal sphincter located between the esophagus and the stomach is tightly closed except when swallowing food.
Symptoms may vary but may include sore throat, hoarseness of voice, chronic cough, frequent throat clearing, and swallowing difficulty. Most symptoms in the throat are caused when pepsin is activated due to the acidity of the reflex and the ingestion of acidic food and drinks.
Other probable causes of LPR other than malfunctioning of the lower esophageal sphincter include, abnormality of the wave-like motion of the esophagus or peristalsis, stomach motility issues, and pyloric sphincter obstruction. LPR can be diagnosed through a swallowing study, endoscope to the esophagus and stomach, and esophageal pH test. When LPR is established, medical care may not be needed but will be advised with the following DIY solutions.
Stick to a Bland Diet
Because ingestion of some kinds of food can activate the pepsin carried by the reflux acid up to the throat, …