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Birmingham, AL | ENT Specialists
ExcelENT of Alabama
Comprehensive Solutions for Managing Reflux Symptoms

Effectively Manage Symptoms: Reflux Treatment in Birmingham, AL

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) are common conditions that affect the digestive and respiratory systems, causing acid from the stomach to flow back into the esophagus and reach the throat and voice box. These reflux disorders can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms.

At ExcelENT, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of reflux-related disorders. We offer personalized treatment plans to effectively relieve symptoms, promote healing, and prevent long-term complications. With our expertise in reflux management, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals suffering from reflux.

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Reflux Treatment Options

Through a comprehensive evaluation, including medical history review, physical examination, and diagnostic tests, our experienced team can accurately diagnose these reflux-related disorders.

Our approach to treatment is tailored to each individual’s needs and may include a combination of lifestyle modifications, medication management, and surgical interventions. Medications like proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 blockers may be prescribed to reduce acid production and relieve symptoms.

In cases where conservative measures and medications are not sufficient, surgical interventions like fundoplication or LINX device placement may be considered. Our experienced medical team will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan to alleviate symptoms.

Common Reflux Symptoms

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Chronic cough
  • Hoarseness or voice changes
  • Difficulty swallowing
Frequently Asked Questions

Reflux FAQs

The following instructions are designed to help reduce the production of stomach acid and prevent acid from coming up the esophagus:

  • Avoid trigger foods: Certain foods can worsen reflux symptoms, so it’s beneficial to avoid spicy, acidic, fatty, and fried foods.
  • Eat smaller meals: Opt for smaller, more frequent meals rather than large, heavy meals to reduce the pressure on the stomach.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can contribute to reflux symptoms, so maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise is recommended.
  • Elevate the head of the bed: Raising the head of the bed by using a wedge pillow or elevating the mattress can help prevent acid reflux during sleep.
  • Avoid lying down after meals: Give yourself time to digest food by staying upright for at least a few hours after eating.

If these measures do not help or symptoms worsen, let your doctor know immediately.

LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) are two related conditions, but they differ in the symptoms and affected areas. GERD primarily affects the lower esophagus, causing symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation. On the other hand, LPR involves the backflow of stomach acid into the larynx and pharynx, leading to symptoms such as chronic cough, hoarseness, and throat irritation. LPR may not always present with typical reflux symptoms and is often associated with throat-related symptoms. Both conditions require proper diagnosis and treatment from a healthcare professional.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Birmingham ENT specialists, call us at (205) 988-6858, or send us an appointment request.

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