The most common symptoms in adults include:
- feeling like something is stuck in the throat.
- frequent throat clearing.
- a bitter taste at back of throat.
- difficulty swallowing.
- swelling and irritation of vocal cords.
- sensation of post-nasal drip.
In this manner, how do doctors diagnose silent reflux?
Although silent reflux is harder to diagnose than GERD, a doctor can diagnose it through a combination of a medical history, physical exam, and one or more tests. Tests may include: An endoscopic exam, an office procedure that involves viewing the throat and vocal cords with a flexible or rigid viewing instrument.
Can silent reflux cause shortness of breath?
Breathing problems. If stomach acid is inhaled after it's regurgitated, GERD can worsen asthma or pneumonia. Even without lung problems, GERD can cause shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. (They may promote bacterial growth, researchers hypothesize, or suppress coughing that can help clear the lungs.)