Reflux Laryngitis

When the gastric acids reach up through the esophagus and get in contact with the larynx or the voice box, it leads to inflammation of the voice box, known as reflux laryngitis. It is accompanied by heartburn. Other symptoms include voice hoarseness, feeling of something stuck in the throat, cough, difficulty swallowing, frequent throat clearing, etc. Proton pump inhibitors are used to treat reflux laryngitis.

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How to manage my mother's chronic throat pain?

Query: ‏Hi doctor, My mother is suffering from severe pain in the throat since the past six months. We have been to a lot of physicians, and most of them seem to think it is a sore throat. But, the sore throat medications are not helping. One doctor suggested that the throat pain has got something to do ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello,Welcome to mother seems to suffer from reflux laryngitis. Like the doctor said, it is the inflammation due to excessive production of acid by acid cells in the pharynx, which causes the acid to reflux into the larynx and cause chronic throat irritation.It produces a foreign bo...  Read Full »

I have GERD and feel a lump under Adam's apple. Is it serious?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 32 years old. I have GERD since a few years as the doctor told me after a diagnosis where he took the camera inside the food pipe. Anyway, I used to smoke then I quit but recently I smoked a bit when I was in holiday, after coming back from holidays I am getting a lump like feeling ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The lump feeling is most probably due to reflux laryngitis. It is a manifestation of GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) higher up near the larynx (Adam's apple and voice box). Smoking aggravates the same or can be a trigger for it. The reflux symptoms may also be voi...  Read Full »

How can I treat the pain a little left under my Adam's apple?

Query: Hello doctor, There is pain under Adam's apple a little to the left. I have a history of acid reflux. There is a pain in the throat with acid reflux. I did see an ENT about two years ago. Everything was fine except for swollen vocal cords due to the acid reflux. I also had thyroid studies and blood ...  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Wilfred

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gastroesophageal reflux disease typically presents with heartburn and regurgitation. Extraesophageal symptoms include a sore throat, hoarse voice, feeling of food stuck in the throat, chest pain etc. Upon examination of the throat, the finding of swollen vocal cords ...  Read Full »

I suffer from difficulty swallowing, frequent burping, nose block, and throat problems. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have difficulty swallowing, and I burp frequently. I feel some pressure in the nerve in my throat and at the left side of my head, which relieves with drinking water but returns later. I have sleeping difficulty because of this problem. My tonsils are swollen, and I find it hard to s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Do you smoke, drink or eat spicy food? With the symptoms mentioned, you appear to have reflux laryngitis (inflammation of the voice box). Have you taken any specific treatment for this? Painkillers do not help wi...  Read Full »

Why is there a sensation of ache on my throat when I laugh or cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sensation of ache in my throat near Adam's apple area only when I laugh or cough. It does not pain, and it is more of an achy muscle feeling, and I have had it for a few months. Is this normal? I am currently taking Lansoprazole and nasal steroids for post nasal drip. I also suff...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. There can be multiple causes of the symptoms that you are experiencing.1) Reflux laryngitis: due to acid reflux, the acid reaches the larynx and causes constant irritation in the throat.2) Chronis laryngitis: it is seen in people with excessive...  Read Full »

Why do I have a bloody spot near the back of my throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having some issues with my throat from the past couple of months. I feel a tightness in the neck. I do not have a runny nose, but I have post-nasal drip and lots of phlegm or mucus in the mornings. I feel like I need to clear my throat a lot. The symptoms seemed to go away fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see inflamed and enlarged tonsils with a congested posterior pharyngeal wall (back of the throat). A post-nasal drip running for a couple of months suggests some sinonasal inflammat...  Read Full »

I have been facing difficulty in swallowing for the past year. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had trouble swallowing saliva normally for over a year now, and I do not know why. I sing, and I have to get up early every morning to wake up my voice to be able to sing. I have taken pills for reflux, and they did not help at all. I constantly feel like I have a harsh sore th...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Do not worry. 1. Give rest to your voice for a few weeks. 2. Do laryngeal exercises regularly to strengthen laryngeal muscles. 3. Avoid oily, spicy foods and cold drinks. 4. You can take tablet Septilin by Himalayas three times a day for ...  Read Full »

Why am I having irritation in lungs and throat?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a nagging tickle or irritation on the top of the lungs and at the bottom of the throat. It causes me to cough occasionally. I have this problem for two months with no other symptoms. I shout at some people during work and I sing frequently. I am curious whether I have damaged my voi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether you had a sudden onset or whether it was gradual. Please mention the duration of this onset, had any associated pain, any difficulty in breathing, any change in voice, any allergies, any aggravating factor, and relieving factors. I think that you ...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest remedy for sore tonsils and swallowing difficulty.

Query: Hello doctor,I had soreness on my left tonsil that started two months back. Three weeks later, I went to an ENT. He put me on Prednisone 40 mg. I took it for a few days, but it was not helping. I again went to the ENT next week, and he put a camera into my nose to see my throat and said no issues ex...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, I can understand that you must be very anxious and upset about your ongoing symptoms. To tell somebody or to diagnose that you have laryngopharyngeal reflux, one should undergo a PH metry testing. In this, a probe (acid monitoring probe) in the lower part of...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my constant throat pain?

Query: Hello doctor,I always have pain in my throat. Doctors suggested different types of antibiotics Augmentin 625, Ceftum 500, and Cefix 200. But not much improvement. In my last visit doctor diagnosed me with chronic pharyngitis. It can be due to allergy or acid reflux. No need for antibiotics, and it i...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What sort of pain is it? Is it present only while swallowing? Is it getting relieved when you do anything? Do you smoke? Is there any change in voice? Do you feel anything stuck down the throat? In your pictures, I cannot find any active infection. It was unnecess...  Read Full »

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