Reflux Laryngitis - Home Remedies, Diet

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What home remedies such as OTC drugs, home remedies, and lifestyle (diet, exercise) changes have helped your reflux laryngitis?

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What are home remedies, OTC medications, and lifestyle changes that can help reflux

The treatment of reflux laryngitis is the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux.

  1. Antacids neutralize stomach acid and give immediate relief. Popular choices include sodium bicarbonate (Alka Seltzer), calcium carbonate (Tums, Rolaids, Alka-Mints), and aluminum and magnesium antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, Riopan, Gaviscon). IUse antacids 30 to 60 minutes after each meal and at bedtime because they are more effective at these times. Patients on a low sodium diet should avoid sodium bicarbonate. Calcium and aluminum can cause constipation, while magnesium antacids can cause diarrhea. Patents with kidney disease should avoid magnesium and aluminum antacids. Patients should check with their pharmacist or doctor for any interactions with other medications they are taking.
  2. Avoid large meals for dinner.
  3. Avoid several hours after eating before lying down to allow the stomach to empty. Avoid eating after the evening meal and bedtime.
  4. Avoid spicy or fried foods, peppermint, citrus, tomatoes, onions, and chocolate, especially if these foods increase symptoms,.
  5. The diet should be high-protein, high-carbohydrate, and low fat.
  6. It may be helpful to elevate the head of the bed with wooden blocks under the bedposts to allow gravity to keep the acid in the stomach. Pillows under the head are not helpful though wedges that elevate the head and upper chest are effective.
  7. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and tobacco.
  8. Losing weight reduces reflux.
  9. Drugs such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), theophylline (Theo-Dur, Respbid, Slo-Bid, Theo-24, Theolair, Uniphyl, Slo-Phyllin), anticholinergics, and calcium channel blockers should be avoided if feasible, but discuss discontinuing any medication with a doctor first.
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Comment from: CLouWho, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I've been dealing with hoarseness for about 1 1/2 years now. Speech therapy helped some. I also bought a device called a breather that has helped increase my lung capacity. I am also a teacher, so I bought a voice amplifier to use on the job. I'm waiting for an appointment to see if something else can be done for the reflux laryngitis. The most important thing I've learned in this awful process is to use my feet first and then speak. No more hollering across a room. I also avoid crowded areas. Just some thoughts.

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