What is Silent Reflux?

Silent reflux, also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), is a kind of reflux that causes respiratory symptoms such as hoarseness, cough, and asthma. Most people know the typical acid reflux symptoms first-hand, or they have at least heard of them in TV advertisements for reflux medication. Acid reflux typically causes heartburn, or a feeling like […]

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Ear Pain Caused by LPR

Ear pain is usually caused by infections. However, laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) can also occasionally cause inflammation in the ear, leading to pain.[1] Ear pain is not usually associated with reflux, though, which makes the diagnosis difficult. Doctors don’t usually think of reflux as a possible cause. What is LPR? The term reflux describes the rise […]

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Why Are There No Medications Specifically to Treat LPR?

Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is a complex disease that is difficult to treat. Diagnosis is very challenging because the symptoms are unspecific. Once LPR has been identified as the cause of the symptoms, only then does the search for a successful treatment begin. Affected patients soon realize that medications specifically against silent reflux do not exist […]

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Chronic Hoarseness Caused by Acid Reflux (LPR)

Hoarseness is typically associated with a cold. A cold usually passes fairly quickly, and the voice sounds normal again. If the hoarseness lasts for a long time, though, airway reflux could be the cause. Airway reflux is also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). What is LPR? LPR describes the rise of acidic aerosols from the […]

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How Acid Reflux Damages the Teeth

The teeth are sensitive to acid. In a healthy person, acid in the mouth usually stems from either acid-producing bacteria or acidic foods. However, there is another frequently overlooked source of acid that can severely damage the teeth over time, though: acid reflux. What is acid reflux? Reflux typically refers to gastric juice that irritates […]

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How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Worsen LPR (Silent Reflux)

You sometimes find the recommendation to use apple cider vinegar as a household remedy against reflux. The idea stems from a popular trend that it stimulates digestion. However, this is not supported by scientific evidence. In the case of silent reflux (airway reflux), apple cider vinegar can even be harmful. Apple cider vinegar makes LPR […]

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Aggravation of Respiratory Diseases by Silent Reflux

Silent reflux, also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), can not only cause a variety of airway symptoms but can also aggravate symptoms of airway conditions, such as asthma and pollen allergies. What is silent reflux? The term reflux refers mainly to the rising of gastric juice out of the stomach. The acid can irritate the […]

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LPR Surgery – An Ultimate Option That Often Fails

Surgery can be very efficient for laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) but always bears the risk of complications. Operating is, therefore, the last option to consider for the treatment of LPR and is only recommended in extreme cases. Moreover, the success rate of surgery for LPR is much lower than for classical reflux (GERD). Because silent reflux […]

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