Asthma, Throat Clearing, and Hoarseness

Reflux Center of Long Island

Patients often complain of chronic cough or a hoarse voice or frequent clearing of the throat, and are referred to their Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. The ENT finds on exam redness and swelling in the back of the larynx and changes of the vocal cords. These changes are from Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, a common form of Gastroesophageal Reflux.

Cough Is The New Reflux

Frequently, flairs of asthma and wheezing are caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux. These lung problems can occur even when heartburn symptoms are not prominent. It is often difficult to diagnose confidently when the flairs are caused by acid reflux as opposed to allergies with post nasal drip.

It is often difficult to distinguish what is dripping down from what is refluxing up

Unlike the treatment of heartburn, frequently the treatment of asthma and laryngitis caused by reflux requires twice daily proton pump inhibitors.

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About the Author

Long Island's Premier Center for evaluation and treatment of Reflux, GERD, IBS, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and Laryngopharyngeal Reflux. Dr. Gutman is the Director of Reflux Care of New York. He is a leading authority in the fields of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD), Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and Non Cardiac Chest Pain. Dr. Gutman's approach to complicated digestive problems, utilizing a breadth of clinical experience with state of the art technologies has allowed him to benefit many patients who have struggled with GERD, LPR, IBS, Barrett's esophagus, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and World Trade Center Syndrome. He is the only Long Island Gastroenterologist expert in Endoscopic Fundoplication (Esophyx), Transnasal Endoscopy, and the first to use Wireless esophageal acid testing without any nasal tubes. Demand the very best at Reflux Care.