Chronic Cough, Throat Clearing & Hoarse Voice

Chronic cough, chronic throat clearing and a continually hoarse voice are all symptoms that could be caused by acid reflux.

What is ACID REFLUX and what causes it?

The stomach naturally produces acid to digest the food you eat but sometimes, the acid flows backwards and up into your esophagus.  When this occurs frequently, it is called ‘Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).  This can commonly cause heartburn.

Acid can also make its way up the esophagus and into the throat – a condition called Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR).  LPR often occurs without heartburn making it difficult to diagnose.  As a result, LPR is often considered a ‘silent disease’.

Common Symptoms of ACID REFLUX

  • Hoarseness, especially in the morning
  • Chronic throat clearing or persistent cough
  • Chronic sore throat
  • A feeling of something caught in your throat
  • Excessive mucous / post nasal drip
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Restless sleep

How serious is REFLUX?

A small amount of reflux is normal but if abnormal amounts are left untreated this may lead to:

  • Damage to the throat, upper airway and lungs
  • Vocal chord nodules
  • Airway narrowing
  • Granulomas
  • Cancer

What to do if you think you may have ACID REFLUX (GERD or LPR)

If you are concerned about any issue relating to your health then as normal, you should seek the advice of your GP or another qualified healthcare professional.

If you are interested in receiving a test using the Restech pH monitor, contact us with details of your location in the UK and we will provide you with details of your nearest available clinic.

The Restech pH diagnostic test – what is it and how does it work?

Your doctor may suggest a simple diagnostic test using the Restech pH monitor if he or she suspects you may be suffering from Acid Reflux.  The Restech device measures the acid levels in your airway.

The treatment will involve a small, thin tube being placed through your nose until the small tip is positioned in the back of the throat.  Due to its small, thin design, patients tend to forget the probe is even in place as it does not interfere with talking, eating or drinking.

During the test period, patients are encouraged to go about their daily activities as usual (eat normal meals, go to work and even exercise) while the Restech pH monitor tracks the frequency and severity of the reflux episodes.

Once the device is returned to your treating clinician or GP, they will be able to generate a detailed report that will help them determine the best treatment plan for you.