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Ok so my ent said I have inflammation by my vocal cords. He

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Ok so my ent said I have inflammation by my vocal cords. He said that is from acid reflux. Is that true?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 11 months ago.

Hello!

Yes high reflux to the back of the throat may well cause vocal cord inflammation ( other causes possible too such as viral infection or voice strain )

Reflux precautions may help

1) Wait 1 and 1/2 hour after you eat before lying down

2) Elevate head of bed with blocks under headside bedposts 4 to 6 inches

3) Avoid GI irritants -- alcohol / coffee / anti-inflammatory meds such as Advil, Aleve , aspirin_ ( Tylenol is ok) / hot spicy or acidic foods -- onions -- peppers -- tomatoes

4) an acid reducer may help such as Nexium / Proposed/ Zantac / others

I hope that this is helpful for you

Let me know if you have further questions or concerns

I will be happy to get back with you

If my answer has been helpful and to your satisfaction then please remember to leave positive feedback

Thank you and Best Regards ,

Anthony Bray MD

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you. I am taking Zantac once a day maybe I need twice? But this is nothing life threatening? What causes straining?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
its not any type of cancer?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 11 months ago.

Vocal cord strain may be caused by singing / talking all day ( teacher example ) yelling ( football coach example )

The upping of Zantac may help if high reflux is cause ..yes to that

Best Regards!

Anthony Bray MD

Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 11 months ago.

And no indication of cancer --- NO to that !

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you. Lastly, what causes high reflux? Does yelling at your kids count??????
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 11 months ago.

High reflux is fluid coming from stomach high to top of esophagus

So High reflux may be associated with factors such as full stomach / hiatal hernia / laxity of lower esophagus to stomach / lying down after eating ...

Yelling at kids might cause voice strain -- yes to that ...

Not reflux so much

I hope that this is helpful for you

Best Regards!

Anthony Bray MD

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
How do you clear hiatal hernia? what is laxity of lower esophagus to stomach? I had a ct scan of the chest in august showed esophagus would any of this show on it?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
worrisome? I am a panicker
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 11 months ago.

Hello again,

No 40 percent of adults may have a hiatal hernia

That just means that the top of stomach may protrude at time above the diaphragm

It may have showed on a chest CT

No need to worry

If that is condition is a factor then reflux precautions should help

No need for panic ...

I hope that this is helpful for you

Take care!

Anthony Bray MD

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you. Have a nice night
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 11 months ago.

You are very welcome !

Have a nice night too !

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Thank you / Best Regards!

Anthony Bray MD