It’s not unusual to experience acid reflux after eating a large meal, but if the burning sensation you feel in your chest occurs regularly, then you may have a more chronic condition that can damage the delicate tissue in your throat. Felipe J. Martinez, MD, is an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) practice that offers in-office advanced diagnostic testing to evaluate your throat and provide treatment to prevent further damage. To schedule an appointment, call the Coral Gables, West Miami, or Doral, Florida, office today or click the online booking button.
Acid reflux occurs when the acidic contents of your stomach reflux up into your esophagus. Acid reflux is very common. However, if you experience acid reflux more than two times a week for three or more weeks, then you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
GERD can lead to more serious health complications, such as:
It can also affect your respiratory system and lead to laryngitis, hoarseness, or a chronic cough. When acid reflux affects your respiratory system, it’s referred to as laryngopharyngeal reflux.
Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux. Other acid reflux symptoms include:
Acid reflux occurs due to a weakening of your lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is a ring of muscle that separates your stomach and esophagus and opens to let food pass and then quickly closes. The weakening may be due to excess pressure on your abdomen, which may develop during pregnancy or if you’re overweight or obese. Smoking and certain medications may also weaken your LES.
If your acid reflux is causing laryngitis or hoarseness, you should schedule an appointment at Felipe J. Martinez MD. Your evaluation includes a comprehensive examination with a review of your symptoms, as well as your medical history.
To determine if your acid reflux is responsible for your symptoms, Felipe J. Martinez MD conducts a laryngoscopy. This routine procedure evaluates your vocal cords, as well as the space between them for abnormalities.
Treatment for your acid reflux focuses on preventing the contents of your stomach from refluxing up to your throat. Your treatment may include:
To help heal your throat and vocal cords, Felipe J. Martinez MD may suggest you drink plenty of water and avoid substances that dry your throat, such as caffeine, alcohol, and antihistamines.
For a comprehensive ENT evaluation for your acid reflux, contact Felipe J. Martinez MD by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.