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Suggest Treatment For Soreness In The Throat And Laryngitis

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Posted on Mon, 20 Feb 2017
Question: I was diagnosed as having acid reflux last year. What made me go to the doctor was that a couple of times a year I'd have laryngitis (no pain, not like a sore throat really) but affecting my voice for a week or so at a time to where I couldn't sing a note, just squeak. I'm not a professional singer but every year our community has a Christmas performance and in the past few years I've had to cancel because I had no voice. I don't even know if I have acid reflux because although two or three times in my life I've woken up with a full mouth, feeling like I'd puke but never did. That doesn't happen anymore, I never got nor do I get that burning sensation other people get, never. Right now my throat doesn't feel "right", not burning, not sore really but I'm aware that way back down there it feels dryer than normal and my voice is slightly affected. So, when I search for information regarding GERDS or Acid Reflux, the meds recommended usually state that "for those who have acid reflux two or more times a week". Well I don't know if I have it more than a few times a year since the symptoms described by other questioners seem to deal with definitive symptoms which I don't have, just that sort of dryness in my throat that annoys me emotionally. My I'm seemingly symptomless of chronis GERDS except for the dry throat feeling I get every now and then for a time. I've cut down on my eating drastically (I'm not obese, do not smoke) but how to know how many times a week I have an attack because I'm not aware of any "attack", no chest pain EVER in my life, the full mouth feeling just a few times ever and the last one was over a year ago. I take omeprazol every morning just to be sure nothing develops but how to treat that dry sort of throat irritation that hits me now and then and is not a full-blown bout of laryngitis?
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Can be vocal polyps!

Detailed Answer:
Hi dear,
Firstly thanks for choosing HealthcareMagic for your query.
Have gone through all your details!
Its not GERD.GERD presents with feature like severe heart burn,gastritis and acid peptic disorder.History of 3 episodes episodes of acid reflux in a life time is not sufficient for diagnosing GERD.A problem with only voice without other symptoms of laryngitis points more toward Vocal polyps.
Vocal polyps cause problem with voice without causing any pain and is often missed by many physicians.Patients very often complains of feeling dryness in mouth.
I would recommend you to go for laryngoscopy.In this test your larynx will be directly visualised for presence of polyps.
Apart from that there are a number of syndromes which presents with dry mouth associated with change in voice(hoarseness) ,However your history is very suggestive of polyposis.
So i would ask you to go for a test named laryngoscopy,Its not GERD.Even if its GERD change in voice with dryness is not related to that.
Thanks
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Suggest Treatment For Soreness In The Throat And Laryngitis

Brief Answer: Can be vocal polyps! Detailed Answer: Hi dear, Firstly thanks for choosing HealthcareMagic for your query. Have gone through all your details! Its not GERD.GERD presents with feature like severe heart burn,gastritis and acid peptic disorder.History of 3 episodes episodes of acid reflux in a life time is not sufficient for diagnosing GERD.A problem with only voice without other symptoms of laryngitis points more toward Vocal polyps. Vocal polyps cause problem with voice without causing any pain and is often missed by many physicians.Patients very often complains of feeling dryness in mouth. I would recommend you to go for laryngoscopy.In this test your larynx will be directly visualised for presence of polyps. Apart from that there are a number of syndromes which presents with dry mouth associated with change in voice(hoarseness) ,However your history is very suggestive of polyposis. So i would ask you to go for a test named laryngoscopy,Its not GERD.Even if its GERD change in voice with dryness is not related to that. Thanks