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Silent Reflux or LPR: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

What is Silent Reflux?
When the acid in the stomach causes throat discomfort, then you are suffering from a condition called Silent reflux. This is also known as Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). 
Silent Reflux is called silent because it does not show any symptoms of acidity like heartburn. 
Causes of Silent Reflux
•    It occurs when stomach contents leak back through the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) into the oesophagus.
•    When LES muscles are not fully developed. 
•    Lying down for a longer period after resulting in food pressure on the sphincters.
•    Improper lifestyle and unhealthy dietary habits. 
Common symptoms of Silent Reflux in children include:
•    Coughing
•    Vomiting
•    Hoarseness
•    Chronic cough
•    Noisy breathing
•    Ear infection
•    Failure to gain weight
•    Toothache
Symptoms in adults include:
•    Hoarseness
•    Frequent throat clearing
•    Sour taste at back of throat
•    Feeling like something is stuck in the throat
•    Difficulty in swallowing
•    Trouble breathing
•    Tooth decay
Silent reflux complications
If you avoid the condition of heartburn for a longer period, then this might turn into many health complications. Below, there are some reasons given on why one should not avoid the symptoms of Silent Reflux:

  • Damage to vocal cords: Vocal cords can get damaged due to exposure to acidic contents. 
  • Infections of the ear/sinus: In children, the voice can be affected as it narrows the area below the vocal cords. 
  • The risk of cancer: Rarely, this may also cause a risk of cancer. 

Foods to Avoid
One should completely avoid spicy and acidic foods such as tomatoes, all citrus foods and their juices, chocolate, alcohol, and caffeine. Do not smoke or drink alcohol. 
Treatment for silent reflux
Anti-reflux medication such as antacids and H2 blockers can be prescribed for the treatment of Silent Reflux. You may even be asked to get a series of X-rays of the upper gastrointestinal system or digestive tract.
Silent reflux is a potentially serious condition. However, get yourself a customised diet plan that can help you in its treatment. Consult Dietician Sheela Seharawat today here at Diet Clinic.

Silent Reflux or LPR: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Silent Reflux or LPR Causes Symptoms and Treatment

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