Acid reflux can bring on what seems like a mild cold or the flu. People can
experience a raspy cough, a sore throat, and possibly laryngitus. However, with
a cold these symptoms can last about a few days or so, then disappear. Symptoms
that remain for longer periods may be an indication of acid reflux. Other
additional symptoms may include an upset stomach, burning sensations after
eating highly acidic, greasy or fatty foods, and possible headaches. If this is
the case then medical treatment needs to sought as further medical problems can
develop that can cause permanent damage.
The sore throat results from acid traveling from the stomach into the esophagus
and even the lungs. The acid mixes with the mouth’s saliva, which contains
digestive enzymes, and can cause voice loss. It can also result in a feeling of
lack of breath or shortness of it because the condition hinders the amount of
air getting into the area for speech. Then, the vocal chords become strained
and damaged. The voice can become deep, thin or just a whisper.
What most people do not realize is that the damage from acid reflux can extend to
the lungs and heart. The only way to combat this is to get medical help. The
first step in healing is a diet change. Acidic foods like citric fruits and
vegetables have to be avoided. Alcohol consumption will have to minimized to
the occasional drink of wine. The result is time for the throat to heal and the
reduction in the production of acid.
Damaged vocal chords are a more serious matter that may need surgery. Growths
like little polyps can result in a raspy voice and pain during speech. Only
with a proper medical examination can this be properly diagnosed. Note – it is
important to get a doctor’s immediate opinion if your vocal chords continue to
hurt passed three days and your voice is getting no better. The critical thing
is to do damage control before the situation worsens. The wait for surgery may
be so long that the surgery may only cause further damage.
The condition of acid reflux is common. It can be resolved, but there is no
known cure. Diet and medication can help. Damage to the voice does need
medical intervention before permanent damage occurs. Remember that only your
doctor is qualified to make the diagnosis and prescribe remedies that will help.