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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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 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 »

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 Your 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 foreig...  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 Lohana

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 »

What could a painless lump in the throat with no difficulty in swallowing?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. I have been feeling a lump in my throat for quite some time now. Upon inspection, I found it is located on the palatoglossal arch on the base of the tongue. It is painless and does not cause any problem while swallowing food or liquid but there is a feeling of...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The growth is just a small salivary gland papilla. Your symptoms seem to be due to reflux laryngitis and not due to the growth. I will be give the treatment for reflux laryngitis but if you hav...  Read Full »

Why do I have chronic throat itching?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female of 32 years old. I have a chronic issue of throat irritation. A year ago, I had taken treatment from the ENT specialist. He told me that everything is fine, but some kind of air obstructs the throat. Unfortunately, I lost the prescription. I have been to doctors here, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We are happy to help you. From the details you have provided regarding your symptoms and the previous consultations, I can conclude with reasonable surety that you are suffering from a condition called reflux laryngitis. This is a chronic condition characterized ...  Read Full »

Will silent acid reflux result in swollen and itchy throat with cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a bit of silent reflux in the past, which I have been able to identify by some coughing in the night. However, this was usually associated with certain alcohol or foods and it has never been a problem. Then, I was a bit sick and I noticed I had developed an itchy throat and c...  Read Full »

Dr. Mian Shah Yousaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms are suggestive of reflux which can cause laryngitis leading to sore throat and changes in voice. I will recommend you continue Lansoprazole, but if it is causing a problem then it can be changed to Esomeprazole, this salt may help. I will recommend star...  Read Full »

Are post-nasal drip and stomach ache symptoms of an allergy?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a sore throat on and off, for the past few weeks. It is not severe, but more of an annoyance with some referred ear pain. This week, I had a family member, who is a nurse, look at my throat to see if it was red or irritated. She noted I had quite a bit of post-nasal drip, but...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to be having some mild inflammation of the sinuses and nasal cavities. The same instead of causing headache or nose block is causing post-nasal drip which occasionally flares up as a sore throat. Let me suggest some medicines that I would do in my practice...  Read Full »

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