Do you have a persistent dry cough or a urge to clear your throat frequently?
Do you even have repeated coughing attacks some days as if you were suffocating? You may have laryngopharyngeal reflux (LFR).
The most common symptoms of LRF are;
Voice changes (71%)
Globus sensation (47%)
Frequent throat clearing (42%)
Stuck feeling while swallowing (35%)
In addition to the above-mentioned complaints, the constant feeling of postnasal drip and intermittent voice hoarseness are very common complaints.
Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LFR) should be considered when a simple respiratory infection causes a dry cough that lasts for 2-3 months, especially in susceptible individuals. The majority of patients with such problems go from doctor to doctor with preliminary complaints of allergy sinusitis and chronic pharyngitis. Irregular diet and fast food habits are the biggest cause of laryngopharyngeal reflux in those with the disease of our age.
LFR should also be considered in cases of serous otitis (fluid in the middle ear) that do not go away in pediatric patients. In this disease, which has different complaints and criteria from gastroesophageal reflux,
Hoarseness or another problem with the voice
The need for frequent throat clearing
Difficulty swallowing food, drink or medication
Coughing after eating or lying down
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath,
Feeling that something is stuck or something is in the throat,
When there is burning, pain, bitter water in the mouth and indigestion in the chest area;
Diagnosis can be made easily with an otolaryngologist examination and endoscopic imaging of the laryngeal esophagus entrance.
There are treatment options such as diet, lifestyle changes, medical treatment, surgical treatment and speech therapy in LRF treatment.