Last Modified on Feb 23, 2015
Holistic treatments can help to ease the symptoms of LPR. Natural remedies such as aloe vera and peppermint help soothe inflammation of the esophagus. Lifestyle changes, such as modifications to one's diet, are important components in the treatment of this condition.
What is LPR?
Similar to gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, laryngopharyngeal reflux disease is a condition that results from the contents of the stomach backing up into the throat. However, the symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux disease or LPR are different from that of GERD. As such, LPR can be difficult to diagnose or even identify – a reason for which it is also called silent reflux.
The symptoms of LPR typically range depending on the age of the affected individual. LPR in infants and children typically includes symptoms such as hoarseness, a chronic cough, asthma, interrupted breathing, trouble feeding and poor weight gain. Adults are more likely to experience heartburn or reflux apparent in the throat; however, symptoms are often vague. Common symptoms may include throat clearing or coughing, hoarseness, the feeling of a lump in the throat, postnasal drip, trouble breathing or swallowing and a sore throat.
Remedies for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease
While laryngopharyngeal reflux disease is often difficult to diagnose, it is typically fairly easy to treat. Many acid reflux remedies are just as effective for treatment of LPR. Aloe vera, chamomile and peppermint help soothe inflammation of the esophagus and treat LPR. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda can also be used to neutralize acid and prevent reflux. Other options include marshmallow root, B complex vitamins, vitamin C, digestive enzymes and essential amino acid complex. Watching the diet, maintaining a healthy weight and getting plenty of rest can also support treatment of laryngopharyngeal reflux disease.
This is my first day trying aloe vera for LPR. There were so many in the store I didnt know which one to get. I got one for digestion. It also has anise, chamomile and pepermint in it. It says to take 2 tsp to 4 tsp but I took one to see how I would react. Immediately after drinking one tsp., I kept bringing and coughing up clear mucus. Is this normal? Is this part of the Aloe vera trying to rid the body of the bad? or is this something to be worried about?
Replied by Cathyr
Sandbach, Cheshire England
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by David (Thousand Oaks, CA) on 05/10/2006
[YEA] Went to 6 different ENTs (sad but true). Finally 1 good ENT knew what my problem was when I described the symptoms to him (globus or feeling something stuck in my throat, dry mouth, white tongue, etc.). He performed a flexiscope and found I have LPR which is form of "Silent Reflux" where acid flow up past your Upper sphincter and inflame your vocal chord causing irritations. He immediately put me in 2x PPI Nexium, it helped reduced my symptoms but I still get regular irritations in my throat. I decided to try ACV mixed with Raw Honey after each meal and it greatly reduced my symptoms. I feel better and is revisiting my ENT and should reduce to 1 PPI/day. Not good thing to do PPI if possible. Lots of side effects and long-term health risks.
Side-note is that if you have heartburn or throat lump problems, make SURE you get a good GI or ENT to diagnose. Don't go to a GP (General Practitioner) or FP (Family Practitioner) or Internist, they are not usually good and don't have expertise or equipment to diagnose your problem. They can make things worse by guessing your problem and misdiagnosing. Dr's. are people too and they're good and bad ones everywhere. It's up to you to find out and do your home work.
People that have LPR like me don't have heartburn because the acid does not stay long enough in the Esophagus to cause irritation. I did Esophogram and Barrium Swallon test and found don't have Esophagitis.Replied by Josene
Port Douglas, Australia