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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Reflux Laryngitis From Stomach Flu or Food Poisoning


What's eating you?

Stomach flu, stomach bug, food poisoning... sometimes it's hard to tell, but we all know the signs. Diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting, and sometimes, reflux laryngitis! Yours truly just had the experience (I'm always doing research for you:) After a 24 hour bought with something intestines decided didn't belong there, I noticed I had developed laryngitis... and hadn't been singing or speaking, other than to moan! 

Reflux laryngitis, also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) or silent reflux (which means you don't feel the burn), is described at MedicineNet.com as...
...inflammation of the voice box (larynx) caused by stomach acid backing up into the esophagus.  
Hydrochloric acid, while vital for the stomach's digestive process, can wreak havoc with the tissues of the esophagus and larynx.  Best to keep them separated, and the healthy body does that just fine! But when they do get together, don't be surprised to find yourself with symptoms of what usually only occurs with upper respiratory illness: Laryngitis! Don't worry... With a little voice rest and careful diet, possibly supplemented with digestive enzymes at least for a time, your voice should be back soon! (If not, get a doc to check it out!)


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5 Comments :

  • At May 16, 2015 at 7:53 PM , Blogger Highnotes- andstuff said...

    Hello again, Judy! It's Sam Bieber, I contacted you a while back due to some vocal issues but it turns out I had mold growing in my room which was causing a ton of health problems! I'm finally starting to get better now that it's taken care of. I've been singing again and my soft palate is kind of raising but not enough. Also, my tonsils start to fold in and get in the way and those two together are hurting my tone, as I ascend especially. I was wondering if you had any helpful exercises to help with this stuff. Thanks!!

     
  • At May 17, 2015 at 2:38 PM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Sam we'd really need to work this out in a lesson. There may be a subtle posture or pushing issue; wouldn't know unless I saw you. Glad you got to the bottom of the mold issue- wow, you must be feeling better!

     
  • At April 25, 2016 at 10:35 AM , Blogger David N. Olson said...

    Thank you for this post. A stomach virus is often confused with the common flu, however the two are not the same. The difference is generally vomiting, which occurs with a stomach virus but does not occur with a common cold. Click to see more http://survival-mastery.com/med/health/stomach-virus-treatment.html

     
  • At April 25, 2016 at 11:25 AM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Great information, thanks for the link, David!

     
  • At August 10, 2017 at 12:39 AM , Blogger Rich Haferd said...

    Thanks for sharing this extremely informative information on acid reflux. I recently read about acid reflux or silent reflux on website called medcline.com. I found it extremely helpful.

     

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