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Understanding Reflux Symptoms: Recognizing the Signs

Reflux, whether it's Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) or Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), can present a range of uncomfortable symptoms that affect your daily life. In this blog, we'll dive into the common symptoms of both LPR and GORD, helping you recognise the signs and understand when it's time to seek medical advice.


What is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)?

LPR, or Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, is a type of reflux that primarily affects the throat and voice box area. In LPR, stomach acid and digestive enzymes flow back into the larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), and sometimes even the nasal passages. This reflux can lead to a range of symptoms and throat-related issues.


Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) Symptoms:


  • Difficulty Swallowing: LPR can make swallowing food or liquids a challenging and uncomfortable task.
  • Sore Throat: Frequent irritation in the throat can lead to persistent soreness.
  • Chronic Cough: A lingering cough that doesn't seem to go away is a common symptom.
  • A Feeling of a Lump in the Throat: Many LPR sufferers describe the sensation of a lump or "globus" in their throat.
  • Post Nasal Drip: Excess mucus can drip down the back of the throat, causing irritation.
  • Persistent Throat Clearing: Frequent throat clearing is a reflexive response to irritation.
  • Voice Change: LPR can lead to changes in your voice, making it hoarse or raspy.
  • Hoarseness: A hoarse voice is a frequent complaint among LPR patients.
  • Asthma: Reflux can worsen or trigger asthma symptoms.
  • Trouble Swallowing: Severe cases of LPR may cause swallowing difficulties.
  • Loss of Dental Enamel: Over time, stomach acid can erode dental enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity and damage.


What is Gastro-oesophageal Reflux (GORD/GERD)?

GORD, or GERD, is the typical reflux disease that primarily affects the esophagus.


Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) Symptoms:


  • Heartburn: The hallmark symptom of GORD is a burning sensation in the chest, often after eating or when lying down.
  • Difficulty with Swallowing: GORD can make it hard to swallow, especially with a feeling of food getting stuck in the throat.
  • Nausea: Persistent feelings of queasiness or discomfort in the stomach.
  • Inflammation of the Esophagus: Chronic reflux can lead to inflammation of the esophageal lining, known as esophagitis.
  • Regurgitation: The backflow of stomach contents into the throat or mouth.
  • Occasional Vomiting: Some individuals with GORD experience occasional vomiting.


Recognising the symptoms of reflux, whether it's LPR or GORD, is the first step towards managing this condition effectively. If you suspect you have reflux, it's important to seek medical advice and explore diagnostic options like Peptest to better understand and address this condition.


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