LPR or laryngopharyngeal reflux is a medical ailment that is also known as the silent reflux simply because of how difficult it can be to diagnose given its simple, unassuming symptoms. Now, there can be a number of factors that can result in one developing LPR, and we will be discussing a couple of common causes behind the ailment.
- LPR can result because of another medical condition known as a hiatal hernia, a condition which ends up causing the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) to be unable to prevent stomach acid from traveling upwards. This is a really serious condition is left untreated because it can lead to chronic LPR, and this can lead to multiple health problems ranging from ulcers to problems speaking, and possibly throat cancer as well. This is why consulting a medical professional is necessary if you find yourself experiencing LPR.
- Lifestyle also plays a huge role in leading to LPR. A number of possible causes include smoking, obesity, lying down after a meal, and a number of different medications as well.
- There are also certain foods which can cause LPR, and these include fried foods, fatty foods, carbonated beverages, tea and coffee, foods that contain excess tomatoes, mint, chocolate, alcohol, spicy foods and so on.
- Some women also experience acid reflex and/or LPR during their pregnancy since the growing fetus ends up putting pressure on the woman’s internal organs, along with the fluctuation of a number of other hormones leads to women developing LPR during the pregnancy, especially during the third trimester.
Now that you know the more common causes of LPR, you can make wiser lifestyle choices and decisions to reduce the chances of it occurring to you. Regular exercise, and a proper diet which limited amounts of foods that are known to lead to LPR alone can make a drastic difference.