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 icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

What causes the feeling of food getting stuck in the tonsils?

Query: Hello doctor, More than two months ago, I started getting this constant feeling of food being stuck in the top back of my left tonsil. I looked in the mirror and did not see anything suspicious in my throat. Since I get tonsil stones often (even though I do not feel them), I thought it was the sam...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is there such a feeling when you do not swallow anything? Is there any pain or fever or soreness? Is any mucus dripping from the back of the nose to throat? Any nose block or nasal discharge? Any problem of sinusitis? How is your diet? Do you smoke or drink? Ha...  Read Full »

I have a constant sore throat with lymph nodes enlargement. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, About two months ago, I developed a sore throat. It was mainly on the right side. I went to urgent care, and they did a quick strep test, which came back as positive. I also had a little bit of a stuffy nose, and mainly the right ear felt full or plugged. I went home with antibiotics, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms described by you suggest that you are suffering from a recurrent acute rhinopharyngitis. You may call it a recurrent acute upper respiratory tract infection. The initial infection has not healed completely, and it gets flared up frequently. Moreover, the ...  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 icliniq.com. 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 v...  Read Full »

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