A lot of people tend to equate laryngopharyngeal Reflux with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder, and while they might sound the same to some people, they are actually very different from each other, and out of the two of them, LPR is more difficult to diagnose than GERD, and we will delve into the differences between the two below. However, if you want more details regarding LPR and what it is, then you can visit healthable.org/understanding-laryngopharyngeal-reflux-lpr for that.
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) is a condition in which the contents of the stomach end up backing up. It is actually presented very different than GERD, and because of this, it is often known as Silent Reflux. LPR is manifested in a number of symptoms like coughing, hoarseness in the throat, trouble clearing the throat and so on. Since these symptoms are so common, it makes it difficult to make the correct diagnosis for doctors for a while.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD) on the other hand, is a condition that arises when stomach acid manages to go up the food pipe, leading to a feeling of discomfort and the common burning sensation we feel in our chest (heartburn). So, the symptoms are more obvious and easier to pinpoint and diagnose in GERD.
Both conditions while common can have serious implications on one’s health if they are not treated correctly. Thankfully, lifestyle changes are usually all that is required to minimize instances of occurrences in both ailments. However, medication can also be needed to mitigate and treat the symptoms as well. This was a very brief rundown of the two conditions, however, you can always look up more information online or just ask your physician to educate you regarding the symptoms, possible risk factors, and red flags that you need to be wary of as well.