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.