Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease

When the gastric acids or juices travel up through the esophagus and larynx, and pharynx, it is known as laryngopharyngeal reflux. It does not exhibit similar symptoms of acid reflux, and hence it is known as silent reflux. Symptoms include hoarseness of voice, urge to clear throat, cough, feeling of something stuck in the throat, and irritation to the larynx.

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Why do I have white spots and pain in the back of my throat since three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 34-year-old male, I weigh 220 pounds, and I am 5 feet tall. I have had a sore throat for three weeks now. I got tested for strep throat, but it was negative. However, I have white spots and pain in the back of my throat. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Throat pain with whitish lesions over the tonsils and pharynx lasting more than three weeks and not responding to treatment suggests viral pharyngotonsillitis. Usually, viral pharyngotonsillitis is associated with severe throat pain, generalized weakness, diffi...  Read Full »

Why am I getting throat irritation when I get exposed to pollution?

Query: Hi doctor,I have this sore throat like thing in my throat for the past 10 months. It is painless, remains the same, without any change, but bothering me a lot. I also have no problem with swallowing or breathing. I am 18 years old. I do have smoked, but I do not have a habit of smoking. The throat g...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity) of the throat you have sent does not show anything significantly abnormal. There are normal-sized tonsils, and there are some lymphatic tissue swellings in the pharynx, which are expected in people living in cit...  Read Full »

What does symptoms like excessive gas, belching, bad taste and hairy tongue indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42-year-old male. My height is 5' 11" and I weigh about 120 kg. I do not do any exercise. Just a month ago, I experienced painful stomach cramps, diarrhea, excessive gas, sweating, and belching with bad taste which lasted for one night. I rested up for two days and felt much be...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, thank you for the detailed history of your symptoms and photos which you have attached. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Before I discuss further about possible diagnosis let me assure you that your symptoms or the photos you have sent d...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest granular pharyngitis treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with granular pharyngitis and tonsillitis, but I do not have any post-nasal drip or cold. I have pain while swallowing certain oily and spicy food. What should be the treatment? In the last three months, I have got tonsil infection a couple of times.  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Granular pharyngitis occurs because of chronic irritation to the pharynx. It is commonly seen in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, smokers, and nowadays, one of the most common cause for granular pharyngitis is laryngopharyngeal reflux disorder. The usual symptoms ...  Read Full »

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