Silent Reflux

Silent reflux (laryngopharyngeal reflux) is similar to acid reflux (GERD), but the symptoms are different.

With silent reflux, you may not experience the burning sensation (heartburn) in your chest. Instead, common symptoms include:

  • Excessive throat clearing
  • Persistent cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Lump in the throat sensation

Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

Silent reflux treatment for adults will include lifestyle changes:

  • Lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Restrict acid-producing foods such as chocolate, fats, citrus fruits, carbonated beverages, spicy or tomato-based products, red wine, and caffeine
  • Stop eating at least three hours before bedtime
  • Elevate your head while you sleep

If these changes do not resolve the problem:

  • Medication can be prescribed to reduce gastric acid exposure to the larynx
  • In severe cases, or if there are concerns about esophageal health, a referral to a gastroenterologist may be recommended

Request an Appointment

If you experience silent reflux, we can help. To schedule an appointment with one of our laryngologists, or for more information about our services, call 214-645-8300.